Middle school for the Mission gets city approval

Image Credit: School District No. 23

KELOWNA - A segment of park land in the Mission's Ponds neighborhood will now be part of a long awaited school site for students Grades 6 through 8.

With city approved rezoning of the site, School District No. 23 can now go forward with their purchase of the land to build a new middle school for the Mission, relieving overcrowding in the area's three elementary schools.

Preliminary designs for the site located at 1150 and 1200 Steele Road envision a 600-student school with enough room to accomodate an extra 150. The two-story building would have 24 classrooms, with one sports field on the school site and another of city property.

It would service students in grades six and seven currently squeezed into Anne McClymont, Chute Lake and Dorothea Walker Elementary, as well as students in the growing community of Kettle Valley.

With the opening of the Okanagan Mission Middle School, the district expects levels of overcrowding will drop in years to come. The middle school will also provide more mature students currently attending elementary school with better elective programs.

During construction of the middle school, Grade 6 and 7 students will be accomodated by an ad-hoc school set up in the portables at Okanagan Mission Secondary.

Once the site is purchased the district can request money from the province to build the school. The district expects to have their funding proposal ready for the Ministry of Education by the end of 2013.

Image Credit: School District No. 23

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at jwhittet@infotelnews.ca or call (250)718-0428.

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