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Town hall meetings to highlight North Okanagan-Shuswap school challenges

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December 21, 2015 - 1:07 PM

NORTH OKANAGAN - The North Okanagan-Shuswap school district will be casting about for feedback on budgets and the future of its facilities in the new year.

Three town hall meetings are scheduled for January, one each in Armstrong, Enderby and Salmon Arm to discuss the financial, capacity and enrolment issues facing the school district. The meetings will also be an opportunity for the school board to present options and get feedback from the community.

“This information will then be used by trustees as they move forward with budget and long term facilities planning,” district communications officer Alice Hucul said in an email.

The Armstrong town hall meeting will be on Jan.14 at 6:30 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Secondary.

The Salmon Arm town hall meeting will be on Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jackson Campus of Salmon Arm Secondary.

The Enderby Town Hall meeting will be on Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at A.L. Fortune.

A town hall meeting is not being held in Sicamous because of ongoing work by the K-12 Task Force, which is looking at the recommendation of combining Eagle River Secondary and Parkview Elementary into one K-12 school. A community consultation meeting is expected to be held in Sicamous once that work is completed and presented to the board.

A long term facilities plan was released in March 2015 which proposed several school closures and reconfigurations over the next few years to help reduce operating costs.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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