School proceeds in Lake Country

The Central Okanagan School District has decided to relocate Grade 7 students into portables

  • Jul. 14, 2013 4:00 p.m.

KEVIN PARNELL

Black Press

An interim middle school will open in portable classrooms in Lake Country in the fall of 2014.

The Central Okanagan School District has decided to relocate Grade 7 students from three elementary schools into portables at George Elliot Secondary. That will create what the school board is calling an interim Grade 7-8 middle school program for 2014/15.

“The bottom line is we don’t have enough room in our elementary schools to handle the enrollment,” said trustee Deb Butler.

The school board approved the relocation last month and sent a letter home to parents laying out the plans. The board has also already acquired the portable classrooms and located them at George Elliot, something that set off alarm bells in the community, which had previously heard the district was going to build a new school.

“The portables are the compromise no one wanted,” said Butler.

“But they are a compromise so we can create a separate space for Grade 7 and 8s so they have their own space. They will go into the high school for specialty programs but for the most part they will have their own space.”

Butler says the board is doing what it feels is the best for the community and there will be more public consultation over the next 14 months before the portables open.

“We don’t have any intention of moving kids into the portables right away,” she said.

“One way or another we need another school. But you just can’t snap your fingers and make it happen. You have to go through the process.”

The school board has an interim agreement to purchase the Aspen Grove Golf Course for a future middle school once the provincial government approves the capital expenditure.