SD23 mum on McCurdy

School District 23 has yet to officially weigh-in on community concerns surrounding a controversial supportive housing project at McCurdy Road and Rutland Road North.

Those opposed to allowing as many as 49 people in various stages of addiction recovery into the neighbourhood cite its close proximity to numerous schools, including Pearson and Rutland elementary and Rutland middle and senior secondary schools.

They say children won't be safe.

A statement attributed to the Board of Education and Supt. Kevin Kaardal released late Friday afternoon states the the school district is "monitoring developments concerning the facility.

Board trustees and staff have, according to the statement, been seeking information and considering points of view while working with municipal and provincial governments to understand logistics of the project.

"Central Okanagan Public Schools and the Board of Education will continue to monitor the development
of the McCurdy Road project," the statement went on to say.

"When the City of Kelowna and the province of B.C. reach a final decision on the nature of the project, the Board of Education and district staff will be able to comment knowledgeably on our position going forward.

"No matter the outcome, we will work with both the community and government as we strive to ensure that our schools are safe places for youth to learn and grow."

At a special council meeting Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Colin Basran announced the city had reached an agreement with BC Housing which would require all potential residents to agree to abstaining from the use of illegal drugs.

The facility had originally been billed as a wet facility, where tenants would have been allowed to use drugs.

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