KELOWNA (March 10, 2020) – Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick has once again advocated for the replacement of the 72-year-old Rutland Middle School with the Minister of Education Rob Fleming in Victoria.
“Rutland is constantly growing and developing and we need to make sure we have the appropriate classroom spaces and modern school design to meet this demand,” said Letnick. “I am working hard to ensure this project remains a top priority for the education minister and this government.”
Rutland Middle School — which currently has a capacity of 425 students — housed 570 students last year alone, with enrolment increasing every year.
“The facility, being 72 years old, has been succumbing to that pressure,” added Letnick. “There are now 11 portables on the site and 42 per cent of students attend classes in those portables daily.”
Numbers from the school district indicate that they are paying somewhere around $850,000 a year in maintenance of Rutland Middle School, which over five years will be over $7 million. The latest analysis shows that the construction of a new middle school would be in the neighbourhood of $38 million.
“I would like to thank SD23 trustees for once again identifying Rutland Middle School as their number one priority,” concluded Letnick. “Let’s continue to work positively together with the ministry to achieve our dream of a new middle school for the people of Rutland.”