Summerland residents organize to fight school closure
SUMMERLAND, B.C. – A group opposed to the closure of Trout Creek Elementary School is gathering support to fight the school district’s decision.
Parents and concerned citizens attended a meeting in Summerland Wednesday night to talk about the decision and how the closure would affect the community.
Opposition organizers say their group is about 350 strong with more signatures on a petition.
Trout Creek has 182 students with a capacity for 277 and Okanagan Skaha school trustees believe enrolment will continue to decline. They say the facility is too expensive to keep open.
But Summerland residents say the trustees’ decision to close the school was based on flawed information, citing 72 building lots near the school currently for sale.
Many families have moved to the Trout Creek neighbourhood specifically to have their children attend the facility.
“It’s a real shame to see probably the shining star in the school district is being closed,” said parent Jeff Plant.
The group plans to appeal the closure decision with the B.C. Ombudsman’s office.