School enrolment climbs slightly

North Okanagan-Shuswap up 59 students over projections at the elementary level

It’s a good news, bad news kind of situation for the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District.

Preliminary enrolment figures were presented to trustees Tuesday.

“We are up 59 students over projections at the elementary level,” said superintendent Glenn Borthistle.

“So this is a 134 student increase over actual numbers last September. This bodes well for the future. But, on the short term, while we are still under funding protection, it doesn’t bring in any extra dollars.”

Borthistle told trustees that numbers at the secondary level take longer to determine but the district is still expecting to be down 100 students in high school.

Off to Central America

Some Armstrong-Spallumcheen students are heading south.

North Okanagan-Shuswap trustees have approved Pleasant Valley Secondary School’s trip to Costa Rica from March 21 to 30.

Teacher Paul Britton, who is organizing the trip, says typically the school organizes a trip to Europe for spring break but costs were very high so it was decided to look at Costa Rica, which was substantially less expensive.

Students will take part in cultural activities as well as volunteer at a rural school. They will also be able to go on a tour of a volcano, rafting, zip lining and horseback riding.

Britton also mentioned that Armstrong now has a sister city in Ireland.

“Next year we will be looking at expanding our British Isles trip to include our sister city in Ireland.”


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