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Education advocates to rally at Kamloops high school

Erin Ponti and Kaleigh Gnoato hold signs they will bring to a rally, Friday, March 1, 2019 at Valleyview Secondary School in Kamloops.
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February 28, 2019 - 2:09 PM

KAMLOOPS — Parents, students, and business owners will be among dozens of people expected at Valleyview Secondary School tomorrow for an education rally.

Kerri Schill is one of many people behind a new advocacy group called Advocates for SD73, which currently has more than 800 members on Facebook. The group is focused on raising more awareness around capital funding for the Kamloops Thompson School District.

Schill says she is expecting approximately 40 people to rally at Valleyview Secondary School tomorrow, March 1. A rally had originally been planned for earlier in the month but had to be cancelled due to bad weather.

“The goal is to raise awareness and advocacy for capital funding,” she says. “We want to support our board of education, the Kamloops Thompson Teachers’ Association and community leaders who are advocating.”

Schill says the group’s immediate goal is to bring more awareness around schools that are at overcapacity.

“We plan to continue to rally at other schools across our school district experiencing huge overcapacity concerns,” she says. “Our school district is in a capital funding crisis and we require for many capital funding projects.”

A facilities review presented by the school district’s director of maintenance last December showed nine schools within the Kamloops school district are expected to face significant enrollment pressures in the next five years.

The rally will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, March 1 at Valleyview Secondary School.

For more information check out Advocates for SD73's Facebook page here.

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