SD83 is continuing the consultation process around the development of its long range facilities plan particularly in the greater Salmon Arm area.
Over the past year numerous consultations have been held throughout the school district with parents, community, municipal and regional governments and staff. Options have been determined in many areas but two new options have been suggested for the Salmon Arm and surrounding areas, which means further consultation in those areas is required.
An online consultation session will be on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. to gather input from parents and the public.
A District-wide long range facilities plan (LRFP) forms the basis for capital investment decisions in school facilities.
A LRFP should take into consideration:
- educational program requirements and trends;
- current and 10-15 year projections in enrolments, and community demographics;
- operating capacities, utilization and condition of existing facilities, including temporary accommodation and/or rental facilities
- current and anticipated changes in land use;
- future trends or anticipated new initiatives, including both those of the school district and the government; and
- transportation of students
with the fundamental premise of a LRFP being to provide a mechanism for school districts to demonstrate they are managing their facilities in an effective, economic and efficient way in support of their educational goals.
The Board would like to hear from you. There will be a survey which opens at 8 p.m. on November 12 and closes at 4 p.m. on November 27. Please click this link to participate in the survey: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=pP-hhz-WDkWNkBVd542b5YO-TzE5pUxKqgdpLSXcNl1UMzNHRU5LMkxSOExBRjc4QjZKVkRKSVBKMi4u
To join the livestream meeting please click here or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_OWE1ODM2ODktZTU0Yi00YjcxLTllZGMtOTZhMzVmN2Y3MTdi%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%2287a1ffa4-963f-450e-8d90-155de78d9be5%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22ce57af8e-18a0-4b1b-a385-20ae694bf9ca%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d
SD83 Superintendent of Schools/CEO Peter Jory explains the Board is seeking input on two more possible options:
A hybrid of Option E-4 is one of the suggestions (seen here as Option E-5). It would see the schools in the greater Salmon Arm area remain at the K-5, K-8, and 6-8 school configurations, with Jackson and Sullivan converting to Grade 9-12 schools.
The other suggestion being consulted on by the Board is the option of building a Grade 8-12 school in the Sorrento area for North Shuswap, Sorrento and Carlin students (Option D-3).
For the consultation sessions, SD83 trustees and staff will be at the District Education Support Centre (DESC) while parents and community can join virtually via livestream. Those attending the meeting virtually will be able to ask questions in real time through a question and answer function of the livestream. There will also be some limited seating at the DESC (COVID-19 protocols will be in place) for those wishing to attend in-person.
Following this session the Board would like to hear your thoughts on the options. There will be a survey which opens at 8 p.m. on November 12 and closes at 4 p.m. on November 27. Please click this link to participate in the survey: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=pP-hhz-WDkWNkBVd542b5YO-TzE5pUxKqgdpLSXcNl1UMzNHRU5LMkxSOExBRjc4QjZKVkRKSVBKMi4u
Research Page: Click on this link to get access to a page with a collection of research on school configurations and transitions.