West Kelowna school adding security sweeps for safer campus

Dangerous garbage has been an issue at George Pringle Elementary

Paladin security will help at West Kelowna’s George Pringle Elemenatry. Photo: contributed

George Pringle Elementary will be getting some help from the City of West Kelowna with controlling the unsafe garbage and activity on the school’s campus.

The City of West Kelowna has added sweeps to GPE from Paladin security team, to help limit the amount of dangerous garbage, including broken glass, at the campus.

“It’s a busy community, safety for our students is the most important thing,” said acting principal Michelle Kaupp. “It’s a great response from the city, interested parents, and lots of community groups.”

The Paladin security team patrols the bus exchange only a few blocks, and a combined effort from the school district, the city, local RCMP and parents thought adding the GPE campus to Paladin’s security walks, would be a great way to address the garbage and late night activity on school grounds.

“It was people coming together and focusing and being creative to ensure student safety,” said Kaupp.

READ MORE: B.C. councillor calls for ‘better system’ when hospitals release homeless patients

Paladin has included GPE in their security routines for almost two weeks, said Kaupp, and said she has seen improvements.

“It’s a work in progress, but there has been less activity, which results in less garbage.”

The school’s leadership team have written letters in support of the City of West Kelowna’s plea to the B.C government to help bridge gaps in services to help create a community where persons experiencing homelessness receive the help they need, while students and staff can focus on learning.

“It’s so important,” said Kaupp.

As the warmer weather rolls in, the Paladin security team will adjust its hours to help ensure less dangerous garbage on GPE school grounds.

Calls have been left for the Central Okanagan Public Schools superintendent.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Warm temperatures here to stay in Kelowna

Spring has finally sprung in the Central Okanagan

Kelowna welcomes building permit applications for “earth homes”

Kelowna welcomes carriage and container “earth homes” when mandatory inspections are completed

Kelowna suspect charged in string of bank robberies

RCMP have charged a 58-year-old man with three counts of robbery

Blasting begins in Mission Hill area

The blasting in West Kelowna will begin March 21 and end March 27

Mission Creek Greenway gets pruned

Vegetation pruning will continue until the end of the month

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

EDITORIAL: The quest to assign blame

Instead of sympathy, some have worked to distance themselves from these attacks or to assign blame.

High number of commercial vehicles taken off road disappoints

Trucking association notes enforcement checks target problem trucks, lobbies for mandatory training

‘Considerably large’ tractor tire fell and killed 3-year-old girl on B.C. farm

Delta’s deputy fire chief said crews tried to helicopter girl out after a tractor tire leaning against a barn fell onto her

B.C. nordic skier travels to Russia for biathlon

Tayla Koerber skied for Team Canada at the international event

Compassionate response to New Zealand shootings resonates

City of Salmon Arm offers condolences and support for Muslim community, at home and abroad

Nearly 40% of British Columbians not taking their medications correctly: poll

Introduction of legal cannabis could cause more issues for drug interactions

Mining company fined $70,000 after two workers killed in B.C. truck crash

Broda Construction pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe workplace at Cranbrook rock quarry

B.C. argues it cannot stop Trans Mountain, but it can protect environment

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says only Ottawa has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines

Most Read