The Vernon School District voted unanimously Wednesday, Nov. 22, to move the Allenby/Heritage area to the Ellison Elementary catchment from the Okanagan Landing Elementary catchment. The outlined area in blue depicts the Ellison Elementary catchment area, and the purple dotted area shows the area that will be relocated from the Okanagan Landing Elementary catchment. (Photo submitted)

The Vernon School District voted unanimously Wednesday, Nov. 22, to move the Allenby/Heritage area to the Ellison Elementary catchment from the Okanagan Landing Elementary catchment. The outlined area in blue depicts the Ellison Elementary catchment area, and the purple dotted area shows the area that will be relocated from the Okanagan Landing Elementary catchment. (Photo submitted)

Vernon School District catchment changes approved

Boundary changes have been made to help capacity challenges at a Vernon elementary school

Boundary changes have been made to help capacity challenges at a Vernon elementary school.

Vernon School District trustees voted unanimously Wednesday, Nov. 22, to move the Allenby/Heritage area to the Ellison Elementary catchment from the Okanagan Landing Elementary catchment.

“At Okanagan Landing Elementary, they need a portable,” said boundary review committee manager Robyn Stephenson at a September board of education meeting. “At Ellison, they have two classrooms. We’re definitely at a place where schools are over capacity and we need to find a way to address that.”

The boundary adjustment decision came on the heels of a recent public consultation at Clarence Fulton Secondary, where the boundary review committee and board sought public opinion on the suggested changes. Questions regarding grandfathering of siblings, busing, number of students in the proposed area of catchment change and out of catchment attendance at Okanagan Landing Elementary arose, but no formal feedback was provided to the district outside of the meeting.

Vernon School District trustees also voted to grandfather this change, consistent with the method utilized for previous family of schools catchment change.


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