An August fire at South Broadview Elementary which was set by three children cost approximately $300,000 in repair work.
The costs are covered by the school’s insurance policy, except for a $10,000 deductible.
Three children, ages 10, eight and six, were identified by the Salmon Arm RCMP as the ones responsible for setting the fire on Sunday, Aug. 17. Due to their young age, no criminal charges could be laid. All three are from the same family.
In the wake of the fire, School District #83 facilitated a restorative justice program between South Broadview Elementary and the children involved in the fire. Director of instruction student services Morag Asquith said the restorative process “helped the youngsters to understand the level of impact of their behaviour on others at the school and ways that they can restore their relationship in the district.”
It will be up to the school district’s insurance company to decide if it will use civil proceedings to recoup the cost.