With the population of the former Diamond Willow Middle School now split between the Ponoka Elementary School and Ponoka Secondary Campus (formerly Ponoka Composite High School) the school’s bank account is being closed.
However, the money inside isn’t being set on layaway because the school, as an academic institution, is no longer active. The funds are following the staff and students to their new locations.
“We need to bring the funds back into Wolf Creek. We don’t need that bank account anymore,” explained secretary-treasurer Joe Henderson.
“Anytime we close a school or division the funds follow the students to meet their needs,” he added.
The $49,000 will be split two-thirds, one-third; as Grade 6 is sent to the elementary school and Grades 7 and 8 head to the former high school.
A couple of programs have already been looked at but in the next few weeks the principals of the schools will meet with superintendent Larry Jacobs to decide what to do with the funds.
Although Diamond Willow Middle School is no longer an active school Ponoka Secondary Campus will be using it, especially the gymnasium, for the first few months of the academic year because construction at the campus is a month and a half behind schedule.