School closures considered

North Okanagan-Shuswap School District will initiate a review of all schools to consider potential closures for 2015/2016

  • May. 18, 2014 12:00 p.m.

Tracy Hughes

Black Press

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District will initiate a review of all schools to consider potential closures for 2015/2016.

As part of the budget process, it was determined that possible cost savings from school closures would be postponed for the upcoming budget year until a comprehensive school district facilities plan is developed.

This plan will look at enrolment projections and school capacity, as well as provide opportunities for input from the public and the communities affected by potential closures.

Sterling Olson, secretary treasurer, says previously in the district, schools could be considered for closure when there is a situation of a four-grade split class.

He cited Silver Creek Elementary, which may have such a situation in the upcoming school year, as one which would be reviewed in this report.

Olson says the report would also consider shifts in the configuration of schools, for example changing a kindergarten to Grade 7 school to include Grade 8 or converting a current kindergarten to Grade 8 school into a kindergarten to Grade 5 option.