Public Meeting this afternoon on Lake Country catchment review

Parent from the Lakes reacts to comments from Oyama school trustee saying busing her child to Oyama not a great option

The Central Okanagan School Board’s Planning and Facilities Committee will meet this afternoon to discuss a proposal to chance the catchment area for Lake Country’s three elementary schools.

The Planning and Facilities Committee will hold its scheduled meeting in room 1 at Hollywood Road Education Services, 1040 Hollywood Road, commencing at 4:30 pm.

The school board has presented its trustees with a preliminary recommendation to balance out the elementary school populations with Davidson Road operating over capacity and both Oyama and Peter Greer elementary schools under capacity.

One of the recommendations includes moving students from the Lakes Subdivision and Lake Country school trustee Deb Butler has said it may be the only way to save the Oyama school in the long term.

But at least one parent from the Lakes says that is not a positive move.

“I am not interested in sending my child to a 100 year old school,” wrote parent Andre Heagle on lakecountrycalendar.com. “There might be a reasons that the school is living a slow death. If people don’t want to live there why should I be forced to send my kid there.”

No decisions have been made and the public is invited to the meeting.

It’s expected a final decision will be made the Central Okanagan School Board’s regular meeting Feb. 11.