School Board defers decision on changes to Lake Country’s catchment areas

After heated board meeting, trustees vote 4-2 to wait and get more public consultation and information on elementary catchments

The Central Okanagan School Board has voted to defer any decision on changes to the catchment areas for the three Lake Country elementary schools.

Close to 100 people attended the regular meeting of the Central Okanagan School Board on Wednesday in Kelowna, in a meeting that was at times emotional with one parent accusing the school board of collusion to try and move kids from the Lakes subdivision out of the Davidson Road catchment.

After two presentations, a dozen public comments and two different petitions were presented to the school board, the trustees opted to keep the catchments the same for the 2015-16 school session and go back to the public and stakeholder groups to get more information.

Trustees voted 4-2 to defeat a recommendation from the school superintendent and opt for more public consultation. Lake Country school trustee Deb Butler did not take part in the discussion after recusing herself due to a public attack on her credibility.

Registration for the upcoming school season won’t change and will open Monday morning.

Registration numbers at Davidson Road elementary will be capped, according to the school superintendent, and some kids will have to attend school out of their catchment area.

Fore more on this story, check back to this web site Thursday and look for an update in next Wednesday’s Lake Country Calendar.