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First reading of potential Rossland school closure bylaws tonight

Tonight, the school district will be doing the first reading of bylaws relating to closures of Rossland and Castlegar schools.

The three potentially effected schools are Rossland Secondary School (RSS) and Maclean Elementary School in Rossland, and Castlegar Primary School in Castlegar.

Because of the potential for a large turn-out, the School District 20 board of trustees is having the meeting, which is its regular board meeting, in the Trail Middle School  gym.

The board has three options on the table for Rossland schools and two for Castlegar.

The first Rossland option is to close MacLean Elementary School but keep RSS as a kindergarten to grade 12 institution.

The second option is to close MacLean, keep K-9 in RSS, while sending grade 10-12 students to J. Lloyd Crowe Secondary School in Trail.

The third is to close RSS, keep K-7 in MacLean and send grades 8-12 to Trail.

The options given for Castlegar Primary School are to close the school and have students attend Twin Rivers Elementary School for K-7; or Castlegar Primary will become part of Twin Rivers Elementary School and students continue to attend it.

Also on the agenda is a motion for the board to create an ad hoc committee to look at revenue generation in the district, and a motion to have the finance committee look into moving the school board office.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Trail Middle School gym. The agenda for tonight's meeting can be found here. The School Reconfiguration/Closure Bylaws are item 7.8 in the agenda package.

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