ROTHENBURGER – Ditch current plans for Stuart Wood, make it a school again

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THE MORE I THINK ABOUT IT, the more I think a big mistake is being made with Stuart Wood school.

As the painfully long process drags on sorting out control of the property, there’s time to reflect. There’s nothing particularly wrong with turning it into a museum-cultural centre, but that building is meant to be a school.

The school board backed away three years ago from doing the necessary upgrades due to the cost — $4 million. There will come a day in the not-too-distant future when that will look like a bargain.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at

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2 Comments on ROTHENBURGER – Ditch current plans for Stuart Wood, make it a school again

  1. The indigenous folk do not need Stuart Wood as a cultural centre. They already have a very large building which could be used for that purpose.

  2. To keep it as a school makes a lot more sense that any of the proposed alternative and you, MR make a very reasoned argument. Again, why weren’t the elected officials more on the battlefront when the poor decision was made? Why were they excused?

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