School closures may come to a halt

School closures Salmon Arm and Armstrong may be off the table according to a North Okanagan-Shuswap School District 83 report.

Official trustee Mike McKay

School closures in the Shuswap and Okanagan may be off the table according to a North Okanagan-Shuswap School District 83 report.

The previous board of education, which was fired in June, originally extended the public consolation process for closing Armstrong Elementary and Silver Creek Elementary, but the report states that may not happen.

The report gives recommendations that the process should be closed, with “no recommendation to close a school in Armstrong at this time.”

No closures were recommended for schools in Salmon Arm either, “however, it is recommended that the district study the educational impact on students who are in 3 and 4-Grade splits.”

Official trustee Mike McKay has outlined criteria to address school closures which looks at a school’s psychical condition, population, financial cuts and the community’s confidence in quality learning, said the report.

The criteria list is:

“1. Is the school’s physical condition in a poor state and would it disproportionately drain the district’s resources to bring the facility up to a reasonable standard and is there another school that has space and can be reasonably accessed by students?

“2. Is the school population dwindling to a degree that it is not reasonable to deliver a full and robust educational program?

“3. Is the school district in such dire financial circumstances that significant cuts in all areas of operations are required and school closures and program consolidations need to be part of that overall plan?

“4. Has the school lost the community’s confidence regarding its ability to provide quality student learning?”

Schools also may be eligible for a new Rural Enhancement Education Fund.

The School District 83 meeting is held Tuesday night after the Observer’s deadline.

The story will be updated as information is provided.

 

Just Posted

Dancing with Shuswap Stars attracts Rust Valley Restorers

TV show stars join quest to hone some fancy footwork

Woman brings mortar round to Shuswap RCMP detachment

Chase officers contact the Canadian Forces to dispose of the suspected explosive device

Sicamous officials optimistic in the face of Waterway Houseboats closure

Mayor and chamber of commerce concerned for staff who lost jobs

Open house to reveal proposed changes to Balmoral intersection on Trans-Canada Highway

The South Shuswap Chamber of Commerce has already provided input to the ministry

Salmon Arm residents learn how to protect properties from wildfire

Removing debris from forest floor can help stop fires from spreading

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Judas Priest rocks the Okanagan

Judas Priest is on a 32 date tour of North America

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Restrictive policies affecting labour mobility for care aides in B.C.

‘I had to take two competency exams and pay over $1,400,’ said an Okanagan care aide

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Most Read