Fight over grade changes

A group of West Kelowna parents is ready to fight a school board decision to reconfigure grades in September.

The board recently voted 5-2 to go ahead with a controversial move that will see grades on the Westside reconfigured to include kindergarten to Grade 5 in elementary schools, Grades 6 to 8 in middle schools and Grades 9 to 12 in high schools.

Parents opposed to the decision are taking their fight straight to those who made it.

They will appeal the decision at a public board meeting Wednesday, saying the board didn't do its due diligence in making the decision.

They state the district's policy and procedures manual was not properly followed when the decision was made.

The parents claim the manual states the superintendent must present school closures or consolidation to the board of trustees in November, to be followed by a process of discussion and consultation with parents, staff and the community no later than January.

They say those timelines were not adhered to.

In a letter to the board, the group says it doesn't want to rehash questions and concerns already voiced, but rather speak to the specific procedural matter.

"We would like to see the decision on grade reconfiguration be set aside until the School District 23 policies regarding changes of this matter and magnitude are adhered to," they state in a letter to the board.

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