No dice: SD20 votes down City’s bid for K-12

A deal between Rossland and School District 20 was quashed Monday night as the board of trustees voted against accepting the City's offer.

A deal between the City of Rossland and School District 20 was quashed Monday night as the board of trustees voted against accepting the City’s offer.

The resolution to provide a grant-in-aid to SD20—through a rise in local city taxes—in order to keep kindergarten to Grade 12 at Rossland Secondary School (RSS) was defeated by trustees at the regular board meeting at Trail Middle School.

Prior to the motion the city’s Neighbourhoods of Learning (NOL) committee presented to the board on keeping the senior grades at RSS as a healthy option for those students who did not want to attend Trail’s J.L. Crowe Secondary School.

Further, trustees voted against an additional amendment made by Rossland trustee Gordon Smith to send the motion back to Rossland City council and continue negotiations for a deal that would be favourable to the board.

“While this result is disappointing, the Neighbourhood of Learning and associated Task Forces are working hard to investigate and create options for K-12 in our community,” read a statement on the NOL website late Monday night.