Penticton Western News

Parents oppose school closure plan in Trout Creek

  • Posted on: 15 January 2016
  • By: Michael Brydon

Parents and residents spoke out on Tuesday evening in opposition to the possible closure of Trout Creek School.

The option, presented earlier this month, calls for the closure of Trout Creek School and the reconfiguration of other Summerland schools.

Under the proposal, students from Kindergarten to Grade 3 would attend Giant’s Head School, students in Grades 4 to 7 would attend Summerland Middle School and students in Grades 8 to 12 would attend Summerland Secondary School.

Local government conservation funds

  • Posted on: 18 December 2015
  • By: Michael Brydon

Public opinion polls over the past 10 years show a vast majority of South Okanagan residents think that our impressive natural landscapes, ecosystems and abundant and varied wildlife contribute greatly to the quality of life we enjoy here in the Okanagan.

These same surveys show that local people see the importance of protecting natural areas and believe local governments should do more to help preserve our environment. However, funding is often a major stumbling block for local governments and conservation organizations.

Student makes plea for West Bench

  • Posted on: 8 December 2015
  • By: Michael Brydon

A West Bench Elementary student made a passionate plea to School District 67 trustees on Tuesday.

“West Bench is the best school ever. Please don’t close it,” said Jack MacIntosh, who’s attending his final year at the school, at a community meeting where the trustees are listening to public opinion on school closures in the face of declining enrolment.

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