School closures under review

Sterling Olson, School District Treasurer - File photo
Sterling Olson, School District Treasurer
— image credit: File photo

School District #83 intends to initiate a review of all schools in the area to consider potential school closures for the 2015/2016 school year.

As part of the budget process, it was determined that possible cost savings from school closures would be postponed for the upcoming budget year until a comprehensive school district facilities plan is developed.

This plan will look at enrolment projections and school capacity, as well as provide opportunities for input from the public and the communities affected by potential closures.

Sterling Olson, school district #83 secretary treasurer, says previously in the district, schools could be considered for closure when there is a situation of a four-grade split class. He cited Silver Creek Elementary, which may have such a situation in the upcoming school year, as one which would be reviewed in this report.

He says the report would also consider shifts in the configuration of schools, for example changing a kindergarten to Grade 7 school to include Grade 8 or converting a current kindergarten to Grade 8 school into a kindergarten to Grade 5 option.

School trustees were voting on an operating budget for 2014/2015, which included $1.8 million in proposed cuts, at last night’s regular School District #83 board meeting.

The meeting took place after the Observer’s press deadline.


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