Shelley Ackerman

Would you stay in Rossland if RSS was closed?

This column is part two of a continuing series on the Rossland Schools Survey results by Neighbourhood of Learning.

Results of Rossland schools survey are in

The results of the Rossland Schools Survey are in, and in total, 466 Rossland households and 52 non-Rossland households filled it out.

Challenges ahead for Rossland schools after funding change

Rossland Secondary School has long been considered as a possible facility to close, and may be once again under pressure.

Amazing amount of input for SD20

This week’s School District 20 board meeting agenda contains all the input from the SD20 “Community Focus Group” meetings held in March in Castlegar, Rossland and Trail, as well as the input people sent in afterward.

Tell the school district what you think

At the School District 20 Community Focus Group meeting held at RSS on March 3, attendees were put into groups, and were asked to answer three questions relating to the facilities report scenario 17B that they put forward.

Passion and unity shown at meetings

Well Rossland, you certainly came through at the two meetings last week! It’s very clear that we are all passionate about our kids, their education and our community.

A close look at the numbers

At the last school board meeting on Feb. 21 Jennifer Ellis presented to the board a critique of the Facilities Report the district released in the fall.

Two very important meetings

Last week we talked about the Planning for the Future 1 and 2 documents, both of which put forward the idea of having a K-12 school in Rossland. Another SD20 document which needs revisiting is the Project Identification Report —Rossland Secondary School, from May 2009. This report was prepared for the school district by Bob McDonell, of MQN architects — the same architect who designed the new J.L. Crowe building — to analyze the renovation or replacement of RSS, either as a K-9 or K-12 school.

RSS is small and strong

Thank you so much to everyone who voted for Rossland’s Aviva Community Grant idea! It was an excellent vehicle for bringing our community together, raising awareness of the issues, and for sending a strong message to the school board of the importance of K-12 education in our community. Eleven different groups won grants. You can check out the winners at

Advantages to small schools

Did you ever wonder how Rossland Secondary School has maintained its academic, artistic and athletic success in the face of the declining enrollment that most of the province has been experiencing?