The community of Brennan Creek will be asked to decide the fate of its one-room school now that the last two students have withdrawn.
Kamloops-Thompson School District Supt. Terry Sullivan said the students left in February. Given that the school is a standing structure and not a portable, the future of the building must be decided.
Sullivan will ask school trustees Monday night to set a date for a public meeting in the small community near Adams Lake. He proposes it takes place at the school on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m.
In order to close an empty school, the school district must hold a meeting with the community two weeks prior to a decision being made, said school board chair Denise Harper.
The same policy requires a meeting be held six months before to the end of the school year if the district intends to shut down a school that’s in use, she said.
“We will see what the community would like and what makes sense,” said Harper, adding one of the Brennan Creek students is now at Haldane elementary in Chase.
Declining enrolment in rural schools is an unfortunate sign of the times, she said. Westwold elementary, east of Kamloops, has just 11 students enrolled this year.