Council disappointed with decision

Members of municipal council are disappointed by the school board’s decision to close Trout Creek Elementary School.

Members of municipal council are disappointed by the school board’s decision to close Trout Creek Elementary School.

“Council maintains that the availability of education opportunities for all children in the community is imperative to the development of a vibrant community that is attractive to families,” Mayor Peter Waterman said in a statement on Friday.

He said the council will continue to invest in the community to encourage growth and development.

In 2015, the number of building permits in Summerland increased by 40 per cent, and the trend is continuing in 2016.

“Over 50 lots have been developed in the Trout Creek neighbourhood with more on the way,” he said. “Housing development is high at the moment.”

Waterman and council will continue to request meetings with the provincial Minister of Education to ensure the community’s voice is heard at the provincial level.

Waterman said the municipality is working on other initiatives for the community, including the Cultural Plan Task Force and the Summerland Chamber of Commerce’s #discoverhome promotion.

“The closure of Trout Creek Elementary School will require us to adjust our future planning,” Waterman said, “however council is optimistic that Summerland remains well positioned to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.”