School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) has invited local government representatives to meet with the board of trustees after giving formal notice that the closure of several schools is being considered.
In a letter dated May 18, board chair Lenora Trenaman quoted a policy that says, “Other community agencies which may be affected by the school closure will be notified. Local governments and First Nations will be specifically notified and invited to provide input through the public consultation process.
At the May24 regular meeting, Creston town council appointed Mayor Ron Toyota and town manager Lou Varela to attend a meeting the board of trustees in Nelson on June 17. One other councillor might attend, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Creston Valley Services Committee will be represented by Area A director Larry Jackman.
Of particular interest locally is the threatened closure of Creston Education Centre, which houses Homelinks and Wildflower school programs in addition to numerous pre-school programs for families, many of which are operated by Valley Community Services. It also provides work space for school district support services including speech and occupational therapy specialists.
The May 24 council meeting also included a report outlining staff and council salaries and expenses, the Creston RCMP policing plan and the delay of a decision to use old parking meters for fundraising.