Kamloops-Thompson trustees have given district staff the green light to explore a different option for Twin Rivers Education Centre (TREC) students who are being moved from George Hilliard elementary to accommodate Parkcrest elementary students displaced by a fire that levelled their school last week.
In a unanimous decision on Monday night, the school board approved staff’s interim plan to relocate Parkcrest students to George Hilliard, TREC students to a wing at NorKam senior secondary and students of the 4 Directions school to the former Happyvale elementary, necessitating the relocation of the Big Little Science Centre to a site to be determined.
The plan is to have all relocations done in time for the school week of Monday, Sept.16.
But staff will now also explore the possibility of relocating TREC students and those eight portables to Happyvale elementary on Host Street, alongside 4 Directions students, a move that will require two day cares in Happyvale to find new accommodation.
Initially, only the Big Little Science Centre was slated to move out of the building.
Part of staff’s evaluation will be determining if the six classrooms at Happyvale will have the electrical capacity to accommodate the eight portables.
TREC students are still expected to be attending NorKam as of next Monday, while alternative locations will be considered on a case by case basis for students attending the alternative school setting.
SD73 is re-evaluating the interim location for TREC students after hearing from parents who have concerns their children will be attending a traditional high school setting with which they had previously had issues.
Trustees also brought forward and approved two motions that will reallocate $70,000 to Parkcrest elementary to be put toward replacing school equipment lost in last Thursday’s fire.
Kamloops Fire Rescue responded to the fire at Parkcrest elementary at about 5 p.m. on Sept.5.
No one was hurt in the blaze, the cause of which is still under investigation.