School Board to Consider Reopening Springwood Elementary
Prince George, B.C. – Big news out of the Prince George School District.
At Tuesday night’s monthly public meeting, the Board of Education will vote on a recommendation to reopen Springwood Elementary School in the Hart (4600 Zral Rd) effective September 1, 2017.
The proposal has been put forth by superintendent of schools Marilyn Marquis-Forster and secretary-treasurer Allan Reed.
If approved, it would require the Board to revise the catchment areas for Heather Park Elementary and Glenview Elementary schools.
The recommendation also advises those currently enrolled in Grade 6 in the proposed new catchment area for Springwood Elementary be permitted to remain at their current school for Grade 7.
If agreed upon by the Board, a student transfer process specific to the reopening of the school would be set from April 9 to 21.
The recommendation can be traced back to the BCTF’s victory in the Supreme Court of Canada in November and subsequent negotiations between the Province and the union that class sizes be returned to those class sizes that were in place in 2002. The district estimates the return to 2002 contract language will require the use of 10 additional classrooms at Hart Highlands, Glenview and Heather Park elementary schools.
The District also points out that enrolment at Heather Park, Hart Highlands and Glenview elementary schools is projected to be near or at operating and nominal capacity this September.
Springwood has sat vacant since it was closed in 2010. In fact, according to the BCTF, 22 schools have been closed in the District since 2002.
A news conference has been called for Tuesday where Marquis-Forster and Board Chair Tim Bennett will answer questions from the media.