OSOYOOS – Boundary-Similkameen MLA Linda Larson announced today that Osoyoos Secondary School will receive $490,000 from the provincial government through the new Rural Education Enhancement Fund to keep its doors open this September.

In addition to $390,000 in ongoing annual funding to keep Osoyoos Secondary School open indefinitely, the school is also receiving $100,000 to cover the cost of maintenance that has not been completed given the fact the school was previously scheduled to close.

For months Larson has been working tirelessly with the Ministry of Education, school district, school board, parents, and the Town of Osoyoos to find a way to save Osoyoos Secondary. With this new funding, Osoyoos Secondary will be able to continue to provide an education to students and essential community services.

“I would like to thank the community for working together to stand up for the students” says Larson. “I’m proud to have played a role in securing this funding that will support the students, families and the local economy here at home by ensuring the continued operation of Osoyoos Secondary”

On June 15th, Premier Christy Clark announced the creation of this ongoing fund to keep schools in rural areas of the province in operation. This funding comes as a part of the Rural Education Strategy that will examine rural school district budgets in communities outside the Lower Mainland, Greater Victoria and Kelowna. The strategy aims to find solutions for the unique challenges facing rural school districts, while recognizing the economic impact of rural schools in small communities.