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High school students get an introduction to techniques at the esthetics and nail technology program offered by Okanagan College. (Brendan Shykora - Black Press Media)

Central Okanagan School District grad rates exceed provincial averages

School district staff saluted for ovecoming challenges

High school students get an introduction to techniques at the esthetics and nail technology program offered by Okanagan College. (Brendan Shykora - Black Press Media)
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Central Okanagan School District board highlights

Mountain Biking Academy to be created at Mount Boucherie Secondary

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Custodial staffing will be reduced for Central Okanagan Public Schools in the 2022-23 operating budget to make up in part for a $3.3 million funding shortfall. (Contributed)

Central Okanagan trustees give reluctant approval to 2022-23 budget

Frustation still voiced over $3.3-million funding shortfall

Custodial staffing will be reduced for Central Okanagan Public Schools in the 2022-23 operating budget to make up in part for a $3.3 million funding shortfall. (Contributed)
Central Okanagan Public Schools plan to adopt a Sanctuary Schools policy to remove barriers for immigrant families with no or limited residency status from being fearful of sending their kids to public schools. (Contributed)

Sanctuary Schools policy adopted by Central Okanagan trustees

School district to support students living with precarious immigration status

Central Okanagan Public Schools plan to adopt a Sanctuary Schools policy to remove barriers for immigrant families with no or limited residency status from being fearful of sending their kids to public schools. (Contributed)
Vernon Jubilee Hospital traces its origins back to 1897, when the original “Cottage Hospital” opened in a house on 28th Avenue. (File photo)

Vernon Jubilee Hospital celebrates 125th anniversary

Milestone draws praise from health minister, MLA

Vernon Jubilee Hospital traces its origins back to 1897, when the original “Cottage Hospital” opened in a house on 28th Avenue. (File photo)
David Withler (left) received the Young Citizen of the year award at the 2022 Civic & Community Awards earlier this year. (City of Kelowna photo)

Award winners saluted by Central Okanagan trustees

Students and teachers cited for personal achievement and community service

David Withler (left) received the Young Citizen of the year award at the 2022 Civic & Community Awards earlier this year. (City of Kelowna photo)
Central Okanagan Board of Education Chairperson Moyra Baxter with school district Superintendent/CEO Kevin Kaardal. (File photo)

School board: No merit to criticism of school planning for West Kelowna

Trustees send letter to West Kelowna council

Central Okanagan Board of Education Chairperson Moyra Baxter with school district Superintendent/CEO Kevin Kaardal. (File photo)
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School briefs: Central Okanagan music students play for Ukraine

Fundraiser concert Sunday, June 26, at Prospera Place

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Plans to proceed with a new secondary school on the Westside to help relieve the enrolment burden currently shouldered by Mt. Boucherie Secondary appear to still be proceeding, after reports this week the ministry of education has cancelled seven capital projects for 2022-23 due to funding issues. (File photo)

New Westside secondary school evades capital project deferrals

Ministry of education defers 7 confirmed capital school projects for 2022-23

Plans to proceed with a new secondary school on the Westside to help relieve the enrolment burden currently shouldered by Mt. Boucherie Secondary appear to still be proceeding, after reports this week the ministry of education has cancelled seven capital projects for 2022-23 due to funding issues. (File photo)
The theory that webcasting meetings will increase public participation in school district issues will begin to be tested this fall by the Central Okanagan Board of Education. (Contributed)

Central Okanagan trustees adopt webcasting of meetings

Pending a district staff report, online broadcasting of meetings could start this fall

The theory that webcasting meetings will increase public participation in school district issues will begin to be tested this fall by the Central Okanagan Board of Education. (Contributed)
Putting food on the table in these inflationary times can be difficult for families on a limited budget. (File graphic)

Okanagan regional poverty and wellness strategy finds criticism

Bard directors want to see more specific details

Putting food on the table in these inflationary times can be difficult for families on a limited budget. (File graphic)
Wilden’s lake view neighbourhood.

Glenmore area top new school priority for Central Okanagan

New school will present $85 million cost

Wilden’s lake view neighbourhood.
Creating affordable housing in the Regional District of Central Okanagan is subject of new draft strategy proposed to regional board. (File photo) 
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Mixed reaction to Central Okanagan housing strategy

RDCO board: Strategy found short on specifics

Creating affordable housing in the Regional District of Central Okanagan is subject of new draft strategy proposed to regional board. (File photo) 
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The parent advisory council for Rutland Senior Secondary School is in need of volunteer parents. (File photo)

Rutland Senior Secondary seeks volunteers for school PAC

Absence of a PAC means loss of $22,000 gaming donation for school

The parent advisory council for Rutland Senior Secondary School is in need of volunteer parents. (File photo)
The Peachland Creek Watershed serves as a domestic water supply source for Peachland residents and creek feeding tributaries into Okanagan Lake. (File photo)

Residents encouraged to be waterwise as Okanagan Lake below full pool

Visit www.MakeWaterWork.ca and pledge to make water work better

The Peachland Creek Watershed serves as a domestic water supply source for Peachland residents and creek feeding tributaries into Okanagan Lake. (File photo)
It will cost more for community organizations and not-for-profit groups to rent school facilities to host activities. (Contributed)  (File photo)

Rent for Central Okanagan school facilities to increase

Pre-school and after school programs to also go up

It will cost more for community organizations and not-for-profit groups to rent school facilities to host activities. (Contributed)  (File photo)
FILE - Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Polarized view of democracy is a false reality: Okanagan College professor

Dr. Rosalind Warner argues more that we agree on than disagree

FILE - Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
Administrative office for Central Okanagan Public Schools. (File photo)

Standing up for unionized Central Okanagan School District staff

CUPE president takes exception to negative comment

Administrative office for Central Okanagan Public Schools. (File photo)
Options for Kelowna non-boat owner residents and tourists to have fun on Okanagan Lake have expanded with the GetMyBoat service app. (Contributed)

‘I’m on a boat’: Rental service expands to Kelowna

AirBnb concept adopted for Okanagan Lake boat rentals

Options for Kelowna non-boat owner residents and tourists to have fun on Okanagan Lake have expanded with the GetMyBoat service app. (Contributed)
West Kelowna city councillor Doug Findlater says planning and capital funding for new schools in his city are not keeping up with the rapid population growth. (File photo)

School board claps back at West Kelowna councillor’s comments

“I think that is quite rude, isn’t it?” Said Moyra Baxter, Central Okanagan Board of Education chair

West Kelowna city councillor Doug Findlater says planning and capital funding for new schools in his city are not keeping up with the rapid population growth. (File photo)