April 10, 2013 - 12:15 PM
Penticton city council wants to work more often with School District 67's leadership.
Coun. Garry Litke said at Monday's district meeting there is a lot that can be accomplished. He said the school district and the city are already partnering with Dr. Gerry Karr's diabetes prevention program and the 2016 B.C. Winter Games.
He added the city and a school have already raised matching funds for an $8,000 Parkway Elementary School speed reader board. The city will also offer its dog control officer to patrol school grounds on the weekends. The officer will make sure dog owners comply with poop-and-scoop rules while on school grounds. There will be less chance of students stepping in animal feces come Monday morning.
Litke said the city uses non-treated irrigation water for its parks. He offered some of that water to hydrate school fields. He was asked about how safe it was and he told the district the city has been using non-treated water on its lands for 20 years with no problems.
Litke explained the school board can save a lot of money if it stopped using the same water that comes out of taps.
"Why throw it on the ground?"
Litke also talked about the need for skilled tradespeople in Penticton. He suggested getting senior high school students out of the classroom and into the technology sector for practical experience as part of their education.
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