Advocates for SD73 — a group formed by members of the district and school parent advisory councils — rallied on Friday at Valleyview secondary in a bid to bring attention to the need for capital funding in the Kamloops-Thompson school district.
An overcrowded Valleyview secondary has been listed by the school district as the No. 1 capital funding priority, with an expansion pegged at an estimated $24 million.
The Ministry of Education is expected to make an announcement soon on the district’s Valleyview request.
Next on the school district’s capital projects list is an expansion at Westmount elementary at a cost of $8 million, the construction of an elementary school in Pineview Valley at an estimated cost of $18 million, and expansion and renovation at South Kamloops secondary, one of the oldest buildings in the district. The school eventually needs to be replaced (at a current cost of more than $50 million), but additional classrooms and a new gymnasium is pegged at about $20 million.
Advocates for SD73 has an eight-member executive committee, with 795 members on Facebook.