As Vancouver and Richmond grapple with potential school closures due to declining enrollment, a rural B.C. community has made the gut wrenching decision to shut down its only high school in town.
It was heated and emotional.
But in the end, Okanagan Similkameen trustees voted 4-3 in favour of closing Osoyoos Secondary School at the end of the school year.
Chair Marieze Tarr, who voted against the motion, says the district is facing a 1.1 million dollar budget shortfall.
“Everyone is very disappointed at the outcome, as you can imagine closing a school is never easy for trustees. It’s very different when a small town lose a high school as oppose to a city losing a high school where there is numerous other high schools close by.”
Oliver Trustee Rachel Allenbrand says she reluctantly voted in favour of the closure.
“I’m sitting here with my glass of wine now trying not to cry about it. It was a huge deal for the community.””
The 230 students will be bused to Oliver for school.
People went to social media to speak about their concerns.