The Kwaleen Parent Advisory Council and the Russet Bluff Community Association are urging all residents of Williams Lake to attend the meeting with the School District 27 board of trustees at Kwaleen Elementary School, Tuesday, Nov. 20 starting at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting is one in a series of public consultation meetings scheduled by the trustees to gather input on its Initial Options Report which proposes closing Kwaleen, Wilwood and Glendale elementary schools in Williams Lake area.
The remaining elementary schools would become kintergarten to Grade 6 schools. Grade 7s would move up to a new grades 7 to 12 secondary school operated as a single school on two campuses, the existing Columneetza and Williams Lake Secondary campuses.
“This is a matter which should be of interest to all Williams Lake residents,” says Kwaleen parent advisory council representative in the press release, Nov. 19.
“The impact of the school district’s proposed actions would be felt by the whole region. We will be discussing not only the educational and social impacts of the actions recommended in Initial Options Report, but also the potential impacts on industry and the economy.
“We know folks feel worn out by this whole process, and many people have reported that they feel dismissed and embarrased by the board of trustees. But we have to keep the faith and assume that the board will be mindful of their legal and moral responsibilities and will actually act on the suggestions made by the community.
“The board represents our school children, and the parents of those children. If they fail to listen they’re breaching their legal and moral duty.”