The fight to save Osoyoos Secondary School is moving into the courtroom.
Osoyoos mayor Sue McKortoff says lawyers representing the town have filed a court injunction to prevent the school from being closed.
The Okanagan Similkameen School District and local Superintendent of Schools have both been served.
And if that fails then the town might just run its own school.
“Absolutely. There is a very very active group in town that is looking at whether an independent school would work. There are lots of options open. We are not saying that there is any one thing that has been decided but the town needs to look at several different things in case one thing doesn’t work. We are quite determined.”
Despite an offer of one-million-dollars from Osoyoos the school board voted to close the school to balance its budget.
Parents feel betrayed
Meanwhile, Parents in Osoyoos say they have lost faith in the Okanagan-Similkameen district.
Petitioners believe a decision was reached even before public consultations.
“We strongly feel the decision was made when the new Oliver High school was built.”
Parent and petitioner Lindsay Vieira believes when South Okanagan Secondary School in Oliver reopened two years ago after a fire, the district had already planned to fill seats with kids from Osoyoos.
“That high school was built with massive capacity, and they don’t even have that amount in Oliver.”
Parent Brenda Dorosz says it didn’t make sense as to why the high school in Oliver was built much bigger for a town that is seeing numbers decline.
“It was way over built for enrolment at the current time.”
“The current enrollment was around 400 at the time of the fire and the rebuild of the Oliver school and they since built to a capacity of 700. That makes no sense in an area of declining enrollment.”
Dorosz says she supports the idea of an independent school system in Osoyoos so kids don’t have to travel to Oliver.
Vieira says she will not be sending her son to Oliver come fall, instead he will be home-schooled.
“I don’t feel that they really listened to anything that anyone said, or any of the documentation that some of the people gave them for a solution for this problem”
CKNW has reached out to the school district but have yet to hear back.