An anonymous donor has volunteered to pay for the installation of a new outdoor basketball court at Central School in Kelowna.
The cost of the project is $14,400 for asphalt 30 feet by 50 feet for the asphalt court and hoops.
A staff report submitted to the Planning and Facilities Committee at its Sept. 7 meeting said the basketball court would be extremely beneficial to the mental and physical well-being of students.
School is the hub for students who follow an alternative education path because they cannot succeed in the traditional classroom setting.
The school’s existing gymnasium is limited to middle and high school basketball, as Central School was originally an elementary school.
“As such, the roof is low and we do not have a regulation court for our high school students to play a real game of basketball for their PHE classes, or each other,” the staff report reads.
“Our students really enjoy basketball…it is very important for our youth in Central Programs and Services to keep our students engaged in prosocial activities during lunch hours and breaks. »
The staff report suggested that the new basketball court could also be used for other games such as ball hockey and pickleball, and provide a second space for students’ PSE lessons.
Moyra Baxter, president of the Central Okanagan Board of Education, reiterated her long-standing caution that such donations should be carefully vetted to avoid self-promotional benefits gained by a project sponsor.
Baxter was reassured by staff that the donor wished to remain anonymous.
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