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School district adapts after Bountiful school closure

Children run back to class following a recess break at Mormon Hills school in the polygamous community of Bountiful near Creston, B.C. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Bountiful Elementary-Secondary School in the polygamous community near Creston, B.C., has shut its doors without explanation.

Until recently there were two schools there, each run by a different faction in the fundamentalist Mormon community.

One school is affiliated with Winston Blackmore and his followers.

The one that closed was run by the faction affiliated with jailed American polygamist leader Warren Jeffs.

Daphne Bramham is an author and Vancouver Sun columnist who has written extensively about Bountiful and the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
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Most of the displaced students now fall under the jurisdiction of the Kootenay Lake School District.

Jeff Jones is the district superintendent, and explains how they have had to adjust to challenges presented by the influx of students from a unique lifestyle.
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