June 24, 2014 - 9:46 AM
KAMLOOPS - The clock is ticking on Stuart Wood Elementary School after the school district agreed unanimously to consolidate Beattie School of Arts students into one building and shutdown the downtown school by September 2016.
The issue has been a hot button issue with the public since an enrolment report suggesting the closure was released in the fall. Letters were submitted voicing displeasure and a public information session in March was dominated by people concerned with the possible closure.
Just last week two neighbourhood groups approached city council for support and then were turned down by the school board to attend Monday night’s meeting as a delegation.
"We're really scared they're going to make a decision at this meeting," Denis Walsh said. "We want the opportunity to talk about it."
The closure of Stuart Wood is one of several changes recommended in the initial report. Realignment of feeder schools and the consolidation of all Beattie students into one building were also key points as well as the possible growth of the French Immersion program.
The district leases the heritage building from the city. It will be turned back over to the city when the school closes September 2016.
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