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Okanagan Skaha school board to consider rural education fund

June 21, 2016 - 8:00 PM

PENTICTON - There may still be hope for schools facing closure in the Okanagan Skaha School District.

The board of education will hold a special meeting Friday morning, June 24, to discuss the recently announced Rural Education Enhancement Fund, which is aimed at keeping rural schools open.

“Due to the complexity of the questions required for the application process as well as a deadline date of June 24, the district will begin preparation prior to Friday’s meeting,” chair Linda Van Alphen says in a release. “The agenda for the meeting will be posted on the district’s website on Wednesday.”

The district made the decision to close Trout Creek Elementary and West Bench Elementary schools earlier this year and last week the province announced the fund as well as a handful of schools which could qualify.

Districts have until the end of this week to apply for the 2016/2017 school year.

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