The Mayor of Osoyoos says her community has drawn a line in the sand over the closure of its only high school.
“Absolutely not acceptable. We would be the largest community in the province to lose secondary education.”
Sue McKortoff says the local school board is looking at closing the school and busing kids to nearby Oliver to help balance the books.
“Recently we actually offered to pay $1.1-million over three years to help them with their deficit. I haven’t heard from the minister of education but we did send them a letter as well asking if we could meet and I haven’t had a response from that.”
The school board will make a final decision about closing the school next Wednesday.
“We will certainly, those of us that are interested and there could be hundreds, will be there to listen to that. In the meantime we have suggested all kinds of things.”
McKortoff says the community is angry and prepared to go it alone and open an independent school if the high school closes.
“300 people were out at a meeting in Osoyoos last night and they had round table work shops about how they could do it? What would be the cost? How would they fund this? Where would it go?”
She says the school board will decide the issue next Wednesday and promised hundreds of people will be there.