Town of Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff and her four councillors have agreed to an invitation to meet their Okanagan Similkameen School District counterparts April 12 for a late tea.
The focus of the conversation appears to be developing a unified position on rural education and delivering consistent messaging to candidates running in the May 9 provincial election.
“With the provincial election less than two months away, we want to ensure that our candidates understand the local issues that are important to all of us,” reads the letter from Board chairman Marieze Tarr.
“We invite you to come prepared to share and discuss, “How does a strong public education system make a difference to your sector?” as well as “how will our combined efforts serve to support a thriving and effective educational system in the delivery of quality programs and services to students?”
The sit-down is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the District’s Oliver office. Senior staff are also invited to attend.
Ms. Tarr’s letter is prefaced with an acknowledgement of the importance of public education to all BC students:
“A rigorous and modern K to 12 education system is critical to the health and prosperity of the province,” she writes. “Quality education that prepares students for the 21st century is a great equalizer and the right of all students in BC.”
The letter also asks Osoyoos Council to consider adding its own agenda items.
The Town, in November, had proposed creating committees comprised of elected local government officials to meet at least annually to explore ways in which all parties could work together.