School of Op­por­tu­nity sta­tus re­jected in Morse, granted in Chap­lin

Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

Chap­lin School has be­come the first school in the prov­ince to be granted School of Op­por­tu­nity sta­tus, but a sim­i­lar ap­pli­ca­tion by Morse School was re­jected in part be­cause of the con­di­tion of the school.

“Al­low­ing stu­dents to con­tinue be­yond the end of this school year may present a con­cern for their health and safety,” Deputy Premier and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Ken Krawetz stated in a press release sent out ear­lier this af­ter­noon. Krawetz vis­ited the school and made his de­ci­sion on the school's fu­ture af­ter re­view­ing ar­chi­tec­tural re­ports on the fa­cil­ity. Chap­lin School, which op­er­ates in the Prairie South School Divi­sion, was granted sta­tus as Saskatchewan's first School of Op­por­tu­nity and will op­er­ate as a Kinder­garten to Grade Eight school. The School of Op­por­tu­nity des­ig­na­tion was cre­ated last year to en­sure that the po­ten­tial for fu­ture eco­nomic growth is con­sid­ered be­fore changes are made to a school.

“Chap­lin has the po­ten­tial for eco­nomic growth based on its strate­gic po­si­tion­ing and the plans of its cur­rent in­dus­tries,” Krawetz said on Thurs­day. “Based on a thor­ough re­view of the ap­pli­ca­tion, I ap­prove Chap­lin School as a Kinder­garten to Grade Eight School of Op­por­tu­nity, which will give Chap­lin a chance to take ad­van­tage of th­ese eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Krawetz noted two of Chap­lin's main eco­nomic growth op­por­tu­ni­ties sur­round the con­tin­ued growth in the or­ganic food in­dus­try to sup­port the key an­chor en­ter­prise of Chap­lin Grain; along with the prospects for ex­pan­sion of Saskatchewan Min­er­als and its re­lated new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment of sodium bi­car­bon­ate to as­sist with the growth and de­mand for clean coal tech­nolo­gies.

A stip­u­la­tion un­der the School of Op­por­tu­nity guide­lines now re­quire that a min­i­mum en­rol­ment of 51 stu­dents must be re­al­ized in three years for a kinder­garten to grade eight school to re­main open.

The Grade 9 to 12 stu­dents from Chap­lin School will con­tinue their high school ed­u­ca­tion at ei­ther Cen­tral Butte, Gravelbourg or Mort­lach.

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