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SD57 creates webpage specifically dedicated to ongoing Kelly Road Secondary updates for public

School District says it's looking to keep all information in one place
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Another protest took place outside SD57 offices over the potential name change of Kelly Road Secondary School. (via Jess Fedigan)

Prince George's school district (SD57) is taking another step to keep the public updated during the Kelly Road Secondary School (KRSS) potential renaming. 

SD57 announced today (Mar. 3) that all updates have been moved to a single webpage instead of numerous different statements and news updates. 

Yesterday (March 2), in a release, feedback about engaging in the process to change the name to Shas ti Secondary, which means 'Grizzly Bear Trail' or 'Path' in Dakelh, has been overwhelming and noted by district trustees and administrative staff.

Classroom meetings with current KRSS students are taking place this week, which will also include SD57 Superintendent Anita Richardson.

“Last week, some students felt compelled to choose protest to voice their feelings,” said Richardson. 

“We feel strongly that we need to give all students the ability to share their thoughts and feelings while we are here to listen. We will do that by making ourselves available to them in their classrooms.”

According to the district, more details about the engagement process and future public consultations will be announced before Spring Break.

KRSS staff are also set to be part of conversations this week in a separate meeting in recognizing the announcement came as a surprise to teachers too.

“We’ve been told that the ambiguity of the motion has been the most difficult for people, because they are looking to see how they can engage in the process of providing feedback,” Richardson added, saying this will help staff better understand their roles moving forward.

“We want to ensure they also feel supported and heard throughout this process. That’s why we’re working quickly to ensure purposeful opportunities are provided for students, staff, alumni and the public to participate.”

SD57 Board Chair Tim Bennett says his team is committed to reading and responding to every call and email they receive about the potential name change.

Residents are encouraged to keep sending any form of feedback to kellyroadfeedback@sd57.bc.ca.

- with files from Kyle Balzer, PrinceGeorgeMatters