Trustees revisit Kelowna school catchment zones

Open registration policy in Rutland schools faces change

The Central Okanagan Board of Education is revisiting catchment area regulations for several Kelowna elementary schools.

The planning and facilities committee has recommended the trustees review the catchments for Bankhead and Watson Road elementary schools, along with all Rutland elementary schools with an eye to reinstatement of catchment boundaries for Black Mountain and Ellison schools.

The board will consider the recommendations at Wednesdays’s first board of education meeting for the 2018-19 school term.

The Bankhead-Watson Road review has been spawned by the recent growth of the Highpointe Drive and Clifton Road area subdivisions.

The current catchment boundary lines for the two schools split the expanding subdivision and in some cases individual properties causing confusion for parents where to register their children for elementary school.

In Rutland, there is currently an open boundary policy which was discussed by the board in September 2016, but the trustees held off on establishing proper Rutland catchment areas until a decision on the new Rutland Middle School was finalized.

While that middle school decision remains unanswered, the school district’s long-term facility plan recommends catchment boundaries for Black Mountain and Ellison elementary schools to more clearly define transportation eligibility for students.

The district currently provides a 100 per cent subsidy for school bus riders living outside the four kilometre distance for primary grades and 4.8 km for Grades 4-12 from their catchment school.

Non-eligible riders under these education ministry guidelines would continue to pay a $250/student transportation fee.

Factors under consideration for catchment boundaries include future population growth potential, level of current and potential future school utilization, and issues of geographic concern.

To report a typo, email: edit@kelownacapnews.com.


@BarryGerding
barry.gerding@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Pedestrian struck on Dillworth Drive

Traffic is backed up on Highway 97 as well as Dillworth Drive

West Kelowna acquires land for Rose Valley Water Treatment Plant

The city has acquired 24 acres on Bartley Road

Kelowna council gives green light to cannabis shop rezonings

Seven rezoning applications for cannabis retail stores on council’s agenda Monday

Street signs, light knocked over in crash along Highway 97

Multiple signs and a light were knocked over at the Old Vernon Road interesection

Trailer stolen from Black Mountain, Lake Country business takes a hit

Little Lakes Contracting is asking for the public’s assistance to locate a trailer

VIDEO: The ‘most cosmopolitan’ of butterflies could migrate to B.C.

The painted lady butterfly will likely arrive this summer from Southern California

SPCA seizes 54 animals from Vernon property

Animals weren’t receiving adequate care

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Indecent caller handed 18-month conditional sentence

Vancouver Island man pleaded guilty to making indecent phone and video calls to women across B.C.

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

RV lifestyle comes to the Okanagan

BC Interior RV Show returns to Penticton for the eighth year

Father-son duo at B.C. Children’s Hospital helps new dads fight depression

The pair teamed up to introduce the only known research-based mindfulness workshop for new dads

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

Most Read