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Ashton Creek Elementary School to close
Classes will continue only for a few more months at Ashton Creek Elementary School.
North Okanagan-Shuswap trustees voted Tuesday to close the school Aug. 1 because of decreased enrolment. Classes will end in June.
The only trustee opposing the decision was Enderby area trustee Chris Coers (Armstrong trustee Bob Fowler was absent).
The school has 33 students in two, four-grade split classrooms and district officials have stated that doesn’t provide a sustainable learning environment for students. However, the district received a 159-name petition demanding that the school be kept open.
Parents have insisted that the small nature of the school provides one-on-one learning for their children, particularly for those with learning disabilities. They also state that the lack of a school will impact the Ashton Creek community and children will have longer bus rides into school in Enderby.