School District #83 is initiating a review of all schools in the area to consider potential school closures for the 2015/2016 school year.
As part of the budget process, it has been determined that possible cost savings from school closures would be postponed for the upcoming budget year until a comprehensive school district facilities plan is developed. This plan will look at enrolment projections and school capacity information, as well as provide opportunities for input from the public and the various communities affected by potential closures.
Sterling Olson, School District #83 secretary treasurer, says previously in the district, schools could be considered for closure when there is a situation of a four-grade split class. He cited Silver Creek Elementary, which may have such a situation in the upcoming school year, as one which would be reviewed in this report.
He says the report would also consider shifts in the configuration of schools, for example changing a kindergarten to Grade 7 school to include Grade 8 or converting a current K-Grade 8 school into a K-Grade 5 option.