School enrolment down again

The Ministry of Education has verified the Sept. 30 enrolment numbers

The numbers are finally in for the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District.

The Ministry of Education has verified the Sept. 30 enrolment numbers for kindergarten to Grade 12 as 5,930 students, a drop of 238 from last year at this time.

“It would appear that our projected enrolment decline of 225 students was very close,” said Dave Witt, superintendent.

Including students in alternate programs, continuing education, and distributed learning, the final head count for all programs came in at 6,093.

Witt says the district’s projected decline for next year will be similar in nature as the graduating class of 600 students is offset with a projected kindergarten base of 400.

Calendar planning

Planning is underway for the upcoming school year.

The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District has sent a draft 2013/14 school calendar to parent advisory councils and staff for discussion.

This is the calendar which outlines when school closure days, professional development days and kindergarten registration date, to name a few.

Feedback will be collected until Oct. 25, when a group of representatives will meet and discuss options.

Capital projects identified

Mechanical upgrades at three different schools top the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District’s five-year capital plan.

The wish list is being submitted to the Ministry of Education this month.

“The number one wish is for a mechanical system upgrade at Eagle River Secondary (in Sicamous) as it has the worst energy conservation/efficiency per square metre,” said Sterling Olson, secretary-treasurer.

The cost of the upgrade is $1,977,475.

Next up is an upgrade at Hillcrest Elementary School in Salmon Arm for $1,378,500, followed by Armstrong Elementary at $800,300.