To the editor:
The provincial government has announced it will build a new school in West Kelowna, while the site where Lakeview Heights elementary once sat sits empty on prime land the school district sold in 2003 for a fraction of what this new school will cost.
In the meantime, parents who live in Lakeview Heights are driving their kids right past the next closest school (Hudson Road Elementary) to Rose Valley and Shannon Lake in search of schools they perceive as “better” than Hudson but as good as the school that has now been torn down.
It is this trend, along with explosive development in areas that cannot support it, that has led to the need for a school we can’t afford and wouldn’t need if government were to have limited development (or out-of-catchment enrolment) in areas where the schools were already full.
There is no doubt that Rose Valley and Shannon Lake need a new school however this need is one the municipal government created by allowing development in those areas rather than in Lakeview Heights, where land is plentiful and a perfectly good school once sat.