School board followed policy

The Ombudsperson investigating allegations School District 67 Okanagan Skaha did not follow procedure found no wrongdoing.


The Ombudsperson investigating allegations that School District 67 Okanagan Skaha did not follow procedure on the school closure process, found that the school board were fair and reasonable.

“As we were satisfied that the district followed a fair and reasonable procedure through its school closure process leading to the decision to close WBES (West Bench Elementary School), we concluded that further investigation was not necessary in the circumstances and closed our files,” said the report.

Community members complained to the Office of the Ombudsperson stating that the school closure process had been unfair because the board had inadequate information for considering this option. They also said the public consultation was not sufficient or in accordance with the ministerial order and the board’s school closure policy.

“With respect to the public consultation, overall the district and the board appeared to have followed a reasonable procedure through its school closure process leading to the decision to close WBES,” it was written in the report.

The Ombudsperson found there was public consultation at a number of forums for people to obtain information about the proposal, make submissions for the board’s and the district’s consideration and to have their questions answered. The report also states the board provided the public with adequate information about the relevant factors for considering the closure of WBES and its decision-making criteria.

“Given this, we concluded that the public received reasonable disclosure of the relevant information to have allowed the public to develop and present their position.”


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Community of Oliver salutes frontline medical staff

“Honk for the unsung heros. Thanks to each and every one of you”

Summerland’s April 1 snow measurements above normal

Measurements taken at Summerland Reservoir and Isintok Lake

Okanagan Skaha School Board does not anticipate closures

School district budget tight as a result of declining enrolment

Q&A: Interior Health CEO answers questions on COVID-19 response

Susan Brown, president and CEO of Interior Health, answers questions regarding COVID-19

YMCA Okanagan opens child care service to essential workers

Priority given to guardians in top three tiers of essential services as identified by the province

B.C. couple celebrates 61st anniversary through seniors’ home window

Frank and Rena Phillips marked occasion at Nanaimo Seniors Village this week while social distancing

A look at some of the B.C. inventors creating life-saving tools in fight against COVID-19

Groups across B.C. are working together to create what they hope will help people affected by the pandemic

Association launches French-language games, online tools for families learning at home

Games, culture and vocabulary included in new virtual resources

Okanagan College student designs map tracking spread of COVID-19 in B.C.

Sean Heddle says fighting complacency and misinformation is important

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

Interior Health confirms five additional cases in West Kelowna COVID-19 outbreak

The total amount of confirmed cases at Bylands Nurseries Ltd. is 19; no further cases expected

COLUMN: Responding with the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy

Support available for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic

55+ BC Games cancelled amid COVID-19 concerns

Greater Victoria set to host 2021 event

EDITORIAL: Are you a virus jerk? Take our short quiz to find out

Are you a virus jerk? Take this short quiz to learn the… Continue reading

Most Read