One school, two campus options explored by School District 67

School district looking at options to turn Penticton Secondary School and KVR Middle School into a “one school, two campus” solution

A suggestion from a member of the public has Okanagan-Skaha School District 67 exploring options to turn Penticton Secondary School and KVR Middle School into a “one school, two campus” solution in the face of upcoming closures.

Two options suggested at the public meeting at the Shatford Centre on Oct. 26 were added to the seven prior options going forward in the consolation process.

Both of the new plans have the Pen High and KVR Middle School hosting Grades 9-12. According to a press release from SD67, senior staff have determined them to be a “viable alternative” with two possible courses of action.

“It’s certainly an option that couldn’t be denied and because we hadn’t thought of it the trustees said we’re talking about everything else, let’s talk about this too,” said Bonnie Roller Routley, secretary-treasurer for SD67.

The first option would see Carmi, Parkway and West Bench schools closing and has Princess Margaret and McNicoll Park schools hosting Grades 6-8. Skaha Lake Middle School would become a K-5 elementary school, holding students from Carmi, Parkway and West Bench. All other elementary schools in this option would remain K-5 and McNicoll Park would hold French immersion students. The total estimated savings to the district would be roughly $757,000, according to the press release.

The second two-campus-one-school option would see Princess Margaret and Skaha Lake Middle School also joining and becoming a grade 6-8, two-campus middle school, with McNicoll Park and West Bench closing. This would save the district and estimated $825,000.

The projected capacity for the combination of Pen High and KVR Middle School would be 1,875 students. Princess Margaret’s projected capacity as a middle school would be 650 in the first option, but would hold 1,150 students if combined with Skaha Lake Middle School.

All the Grades 9-12 students in the district total to around 1,600 students, which Pen High in its current state is unable to take on its own while also maintaining the middle school model for students Grades 6-8.

“We needed to find an annex for Pen High and that’s what this particular option talks about,” Roller Routley said. “There are many, many ways to do this type of model. You could have one school with your English/science department and the other school with the other stuff, or you could do it by grade.”

The proximity of Pen High to KVR and of Maggie and Skaha Lake Middle School could work out favourably if this option is pursued, with students potentially not having to travel too far for their next class.

“Many districts have tried doing the two-campus model and our research suggests that the closer the two campuses the better,” Roller Routley said. “Those types of dual-campus schools seem to work.”

According to the report from SD67, McNicoll Park would require an immediate HVAC upgrade over the next two to three years with costs coming from capital funding. KVR would require renovation for primary levels with funding coming from the potential savings of either of two options. The first year savings would be an estimated $300,000 to $500,000 with those costs taken out. In the years following, the savings would amount to $750,000 from the beginning of 2017 forward.

Closing of Carmi Elementary would save the district an estimated $193,476; the closure of Parkway Elementary would save $203,172 and West Bench Elementary’s closure would save $360,239.

Carmi and West Bench were both graded “poor” on the facility condition index, which is the total cost of fixing maintenance requirements divided by the total replacement value. Parkway Elementary was graded as average.

The report notes that after a closure the land and buildings could be leased or sold increasing the savings for the district in either an ongoing or “one time” deal. Parkway Elementary’s assessed value for 2015 is $6,656,000, Carmi Elementary is assessed at $5,301,000 and West Bench comes in at $2,541,000.

In the event of closures, the district will have the option to lease or sell its vacant property, however the potential revenues are not being considered in the decision-making process.

School District 67 will be deciding which public schools in Penticton and Summerland to keep open during a meeting scheduled for Jan. 20.

 

 

Just Posted

Wade Cudmore, seen here with his mother Kathy Richardson, had his first court appearance in relation to first degree murder charges in the deaths of Erick and Carlo Fryer Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Kathy Richardson/Facebook)
Man charged in Naramata double homicide appears in Penticton court

Wade Cudmore appeared for the first time in relation to first degree murder charges

(John Arendt - Black Press)
Penticton wants to give you money to make something fun happen in the city

City launches community grant program to help post-COVID recovery

Penticton mayor John Vassilaki and Minister of Housing David Eby have been battling over the Victory Church shelter and BC Housing projects in the city. (File photos)
Penticton heads to court over homeless shelter as BC Housing audit begins

The city was not satisfied with the response from Minister David Eby regarding the ongoing situation

With high temperatures forecasted for the week and into the next, Interior Health is offering some tips on how to keep yourself safe from heat-related illness. (Pixabay)
Interior Health offers safety tips as temperatures soar

‘Too much heat can be harmful to your health’

The proposed design of the five-storey building on Front Street. (City of Penticton)
5-storeys still too tall for Penticton’s downtown, votes city council

Vote against new development leaves one councillor questioning validity of city’s zoning restrictions

Teenagers make their way to Truswell Road after a party is broken up by police at the end of Mission Creek (Lorraine Besner/Contributed).
Kelowna residents concerned about ongoing alleged underage beach parties

Public urination, property damage, drinking and drug usage have become weekly concerns

Mayla Janzen and Ashley Hoppichler, with her daughters Lily and Sophia, are bringing a Friday evening market to Polson Park, starting July 2. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Entrepreneurs craft up Vernon night market

Friday evening Polson Park event to take place throughout the summer

Robin Sanford and her fiance Simon Park were married in an impromptu ceremony at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on June 16. (Submitted photo)
Mom dies day after witnessing daughter’s hospital wedding in Abbotsford

Nurses help arrange impromptu ceremony in 3 hours for bride and groom

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson with Premier John Horgan after the budget speech Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. home owner grant won’t be altered, despite expert advice

Tax break for residences worth up to $1.6 million too popular

B.C. conservation officer Sgt. Todd Hunter said a black bear is believed to have killed local livestock. (THE NEWS/files)
Black bear believed to have killed miniature donkey in Maple Ridge

Trap set for predator that has been killing livestock

People enjoy the sun at Woodbine Beach on June 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
BC Hydro assures customers it has ‘more than enough’ power to weather the heatwave

Despite an increase of pressure on the Western grid, blackouts are not expected like in some U.S. states

Air Canada planes sit on the tarmac at Pearson International Airport during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Pilots say no reason to continue quarantines for vaccinated international travellers

Prime minister says Canada still trying to limit number of incoming tourists

Six United Way chapters around the province are merging into United Way B.C. (News Bulletin file photo)
6 United Way chapters merging around B.C.

Money raised in communities will stay in those communities, agency says

Val Litwin is the latest candidate to declare his bid for the B.C. Liberal leadership. (Litwin campaign video)
Political newcomer joins contest for B.C. Liberal leadership

Val Litwin a former B.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO

Most Read