The Ministry of Education has announced support for the construction of a 300 student addition to Okanagan Mission Secondary School (OKM) on Gordon Drive. The construction of this addition presents an opportunity to consider the development of community amenities within the school through the Ministry of Education’s Neighbourhood Learning Centre Program.
The City of Kelowna is considering a partnership with School District No. 23 (Central Okanagan) that would allow this space to be shared between the two groups, opening the space up for community programming. The City of Kelowna and School District No.23 (Central Okanagan) wish to gauge residents’ and stakeholders’ opinions and explore ideas as to what community services and programs would be appropriate if a Neighbourhood Learning Centre was established at OKM.
What is a Neighbourhood Learning Centre?
A Neighbourhood Learning Centre is an "inviting place where people of all ages can access education, community services, recreation and culture seven days a week, twelve months a year – places that promote the well-being of children, families and the entire community. Neighbourhood Learning Centres look different in every community. They encompass a range of models including community schools, community hubs, schools with municipal recreation services and schools with community services such as health care, theatres, libraries, early learning facilities, seniors centres and cultural centres."
The Neighbourhood Learning Centre would occupy 385 m2 or approximately 4,100 sq ft at OKM. By forming a partnership between the City, School District No. 23 (Central Okanagan) and the school, the Neighbourhood Learning Centre can be incorporated into the planned school expansion to provide larger space and/or additional space that can be programmed or used by the school, the City and the community.
The public, those living in the area or with youth at OKM, as well as those with an interest in City programming or additional rental space within the city, are encouraged to complete the following survey. Your input is important in determining how the City could best use the Neighbourhood Learning Centre space, if the project proceeds. The results of the survey will be reviewed by City staff and considered alongside financial and operational costs, which are still being investigated, when determining if the City should continue its involvement in the development of a Neighbourhood Learning Centre.
All responses will be kept confidential.
The survey is now closed.