NOL will present Rossland taxation survey results Monday

The Neighbourhood of Learning committee will present the findings of a recent survey to council.

On Monday, the Neighbourhood of Learning committee will present the findings of a recent survey that looked to gauge Rossland resident’s willingness to support the grades that wil be moving out from Rossland Secondary School.

Neighbourhood of Learning (NOL) is hoping that residents will back council chambers, because, as Shelley Ackerman noted in a recent posting on the committee’s webpage, even with positive results for taxation, it doesn’t guarantee that council will pass a motion supporting it.

“Let’s make the public gallery in council chambers standing room only so they see how important it is to our community to do everything we can to keep K-12 in Rossland,” Ackerman wrote.

While there is no doubt that councillors agree on the importance of a full-spectrum school in Rossland, as it pertains to the economic viability and sustainability of the future, there are a lot of burdens on council’s radar as well.

With budget deliberations beginning, the costs of the Columbia-Washington infrastructure project and other expenses will be weighing heavy on council.

NOL volunteers have also been at work for the past few weeks looking into alternatives to the current school system in Rossland, in the event that negotiations with School District 20 and the city fall through.

It’s been almost a month since the district announced that, starting in September, Rossland’s grade 10-12 students would be bussed to J.L Crowe Secondary School in Trail.

In a past interview, Darrel Ganzert, school board chair, stated that there was still plenty of time for the City of Rossland to offer up a deal to retain the senior grades.

NOL hasn’t been taking any chances, and members have said they are confident in having some sort of system up for grades 10-12 by September.

The meeting Monday begins at 7 p.m. at city hall in Rossland.

For more information on the survey, click here.