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Okanagan-Skaha school district reopens long-range facilities planning

COVID-19 spike postponed the board of education’s look at how to best manage schools

School District 67 board of education’s long-range facilities planning process is back in action after putting it on hold during the COVID-19 variant Omicron wave.

On Thursday, the board said they will resume discussions in support of the long-range facilities planning process which started more than a year ago. It was paused in February as a result of the Omicron variant and to ensure all district efforts were focused on keeping students and staff safe in our schools.

“The goal of the plan is to ensure we are making the best uses of our resources and planning for the future of the district,” says board chair James Palanio.

The long range planning process looks at which schools are overpopulated and which schools are underutilized, and ways to make the resources more efficient. The plan also looks at enrolment and future enrolment to help decide how to plan facilities.

As the long-range facilities planning process resumes, the board will communicate future public engagement opportunities through the school district website and Facebook page.

In November 2021, school families were encouraged to fill out a survey about long range facility planning.

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