Long Range Facility Consultations to Start in September
Prince George, B.C. – Recommendations from last year’s school district facility report will finally be up for discussion starting this fall.
Trustees agreed unanimously to the plan at last night’s school board meeting.
Three elements of the report will be consulted on including a recommendation that suggests closing McBride Centennial Elementary due to low enrolment and sending the students to underutilized McBride Secondary.
Trustees will also consider moving grade seven students from Morfee Elementary in Mackenzie to Mackenzie Secondary School.
Trustees are considering the recommendation because Morfee Elementary is bursting at the seams while the high school is far below capacity.
And finally consideration will be given to changing the catchment area for Edgewood Elementary in Prince George.
The Board will discuss the reassignment of Edgewood students from the Duchess Park Secondary School catchment to Kelly Road catchment.
That recommendation is based on numbers which suggest Duchess Park is currently over capacity while Kelly Road is under utilized.
Prepared by third-party consultant Cascades Facilities Management, their report was presented to the Board in May, 2015. Dates and times of this fall’s consultations have not been scheduled yet.
One question for the Board and SD57: will changing the catchment area for Edgewood Elementary School make a difference in the student numbers coming into Duchess Park? If not, please don’t make this change and provide an undue amount of stress on the families involved.
Maybe shift the French Immersion program from Duchess Park to Kelly Road since they are bused anyway? Choice school. Leave the neighbourhood catchment areas alone!
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