Decision looms on Sun Peaks school
It seems like late notice, but the Kamloops-Thompson school district is still pondering whether to operate a school in Sun Peaks beginning next week.
The possibility of a school in the mountain resort municipality has come up multiple times during school-board meetings this year, with district penning two reports on the issue.
Most recently, in July, it was decided a formal agreement with Sun Peaks would have to be presented to the board no later than Aug. 27 — the date of the next public meeting.
According to school-district figures, a Sun Peaks school in 2012-2013 would house 41 students — nine kids in full-day kindergarten, 22 pupils in grades 1 to 3 and 10 students in grades 4 to 7.
That would likely require two teachers.
One would handle kindergarten and Grade 1, while the other would take grades 2 to 5 (there are no projected Sun Peaks students in grades 6 or 7).
School-district superintendent Terry Sullivan said negotiations have been ongoing throughout between the district and Sun Peaks.
If a school was to be open and in operation in the mountain resort the day after Labour Day (when classes begin), it wouldn't create any problems for the district.
"We're ready for any eventuality," he said.
"If the board determines it wants to proceed, we have processes in place for it to proceed."
Sun Peaks was incorporated as a municipality in June 2010.
As it stands now, students in Sun Peaks attend classes in the Discovery Centre for Balanced Education.