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Decision on South Okanagan school closures delayed until March

A decision on school closures in school district 67 will be postponed until March 9, 2016, school board 67 trustees announced yesterday.
January 19, 2016 - 10:09 AM

PENTICTON - With a deadline for a decision regarding school closures in School District 67 looming Jan. 20, the board announced yesterday it would be postponing that decision until March.

A press release issued by School District 67 explained additional options coming forward during the consultation process to date has resulted in the board deciding further opportunities for feedback and input was necessary.

The meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 20, has been postponed until March 9, where it will take place at the IMC building, which is located immediately behind School District 67’s administration offices at 425 Jermyn Avenue.

“After an extensive review of the many emails, survey results, telephone conversations and presentations made by the parents, grandparents and community members, the board made the decision to extend the deadline for input,” said board Chair Linda Van Alphen in an email on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

"As a board, from the outset we spoke of and were genuine in asking for public input and suggestions on other options for our consideration. We are extremely proud that we have been inclusive of all manner of feedback. Taking the time to review all the input and being absolutely certain of all the data and demographics surrounding options “A” through “I” is simply our commitment to the process,” Van Alphen said.

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