School District 6 board voted to leave the configurations of Alexander Park and Lady Grey alone. Image Credit - Google Street View

Rocky Mountain School District 6 Trustees vote to leave Golden school configurations alone

After much debate, trustees voted to not implement catchment areas for Alexander Park and Lady Grey

The Rocky Mountain School District no.6 (SD6) trustees voted in Invermere last night on the Draft Long Term Facility Plan.

In it’s original form which was presented last fall, the plan included a proposal to introduce catchment boundaries which would determine which students went to Alexander Park Elementary, and which students went to Lady Grey Elementary, both of which would be changed to Kindergarten to Grade 7.

The facility plan, however, was adopted with revisions. Under the new plan, Golden retains its current grade configurations.

Several resolutions were passed at the board meeting on Tuesday evening in Invermere. The one that affects Golden reads as follows:

“THAT the Board of Education approve the LTFP as presented in the 2nd draft as it relates to the Golden Zone with the following revision:

#1: To retain the current grade configurations at Alexander Park and Lady Grey Schools”

At an open forum a couple weeks back in Golden, several parents voiced their concerns about the potential changes.

Kimberley, on the other hand, will see significant changes to the grade configurations at their schools, with a new catchment line to be effective for the next school year.

The school board has drawn up a letter that will be sent out to all parents in the district explaining any possible changes to the local schools.

“The Board expressed thanks to the Steering Committee, as well as staff, parents and community members who were engaged in the process and provided valuable input. The development of the plan and the consideration of all the information and input received was a complex matter for the Board to deal with and Trustees are appreciative of the fact that this was an issue of significant interest across our communities,” states the letter, signed by Superintendent Paul Carrier.