Whether it’s fear of a jailbreak, of former inmates settling in the community, or simply an aversion to the increased traffic adding a new correctional facility to the Okanagan will create, school trustees say parents need to make their concerns known.
At last Wednesdays’s board of education meeting, the issue drew a few fiery comments from trustees like Anna Hunt-Binkley who lives in the Lake Country area, close to where the proposed jail may be built.
Hunt-Binkley and trustee Moyra Baxter had a heated exchange over just how many parents should be given letters suggesting they provide feedback, after Baxter cautioned parents from the entire district should be alerted not just those in the area concerned.
“I don’t really care what Constable Neil Bruce says because it’s not going to be in their backyard,” Hunt-Binkley responded, noting the traffic alone would be a problem for her community where sidewalks are scarce and a student was recently killed while walking home from school.
The board ultimately decided parents would be encouraged to forward concerns to the school districts and local government. The school board wants local government to conduct the public consultation and forward the results to the school district.