Starting this fall Vavenby elementary will add a grade every school year until it becomes a kindergarten to Grade 7 school in 2021.
The Kamloops-Thompson school board has approved reconfiguring the elementary school from a K-4 to a K-7 model due to enrolment growth beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.
According to a staff report there are presently 17 students enrolled in the single-teacher school — three in kindergarten, six in Grade 2, four in Grade 3, and four in Grade 4 — with the possibility of up to eight kindergarten students enrolling in September for the 2019-2020 school year.
Community members have advocated for a reorganization of the school due to an increase in young families moving to the area, the staff report stated.
A recent poll conducted by the chair of the Vavenby PAC projected enrolment to break 30 by 2022 and reach nearly 40 by the 2023-2024 school year.
The additional grades will also warrant a second teacher for better classroom organization between primary and secondary grade students.