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Funding could help save Trout Creek, West Bench schools

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PENTICTON - The Okanagan-Skaha school district is being asked to use the $266,000 in funding announced today to help save Trout Creek Elementary and West Bench Elementary.

The school district announced the closures of both schools earlier this spring but with the province announcing more than $266,000 in local education funding today, May 31, many are hoping the schools will remain open.

MLA Dan Ashton also pointed to a $1.9-million operating surplus the district has and asked for a special advisor to review the process used in the decision to close Trout Creek Elementary while making the announcement this morning.

“I am very pleased to deliver more than $266,000 in funding to help the cause. It is now time for the school district to respond and reopen at least one of these schools, if not both,” he said in a release.

Ashton noted the ministry would pay for a special advisor if the district agrees to go ahead with the review.

In total, roughly $25 million worth of administrative savings are being redirected back into B.C. schools, the province announced today. The funding comes through the districts not having to pay their share of provincial charges this year, according to a provincial release.

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