Shake-up in ed­u­ca­tion

School board propos­ing clo­sures, re­con­fig­u­ra­tions in multi-year plan

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A newly re­leased multi-year plan (2011-2014) by the Eastern School Dis­trict is propos­ing some dra­matic changes in the way ed­u­ca­tion is de­liv­ered in t he re­gion, es­pe­cially in the Lower Trin­ity South area, where clo­sures and re­con­fig­u­ra­tions are in the off­ing.

Sit­ing fac­tors s u ch as de­clin­ing en­rol­ments, con­cerns about multi-grad­ing and staff al­lo­ca­tions, and pro­gram of­fer­ings, the board is propos­ing to close Whit­bourne El­e­men­tary and Epiphany El­e­men­tary in Heart’s De­light at the end of this school year.

As a re­sult, the catch­ment ar­eas for Acre­man El­e­men­tary in Green’s Har­bour and Wood­land El­e­men­tary in Dildo will be en­larged. All four are Kinder­garten to Grade 6 schools that feed into Crescent Col­le­giate in Blake­town.

No changes are pro­posed for Crescent.

Board chair­man Mil­ton Peach of Car­bon­ear said the dis­tances students will be trans­ported by bus are “not un­rea­son­able,” and are in the “nor­mal range.”

Whit­bourne to Green’s Har­bour, for ex­am­ple, is 19 kilo­me­tres, while Heart’s De­light is 17 kilo­me­tres from Green’s Har­bour.

“We want to en­sure top-qual­ity pro­gram­ming in fa­cil­i­ties that are con­ducive to good learn­ing,” said Peach.

Mil­ton Peach is chair­man of the Eastern School Dis­trict board of di­rec­tors.

PUB­LIC HEAR­INGS FOR EASTERN SCHOOL DIS­TRICT

MULTIYEAR PLAN

• Oct. 29 — Crescent Col­le­giate, Blake­town; • Oct. 30 — Ron­calli High school, Avon­dale. Note: hear­ings be­gin at 6:30 p.m. Any­one wish­ing to make a pre­sen­ta­tion (max­i­mum 10 min­utes) must sched­ule an ap­point­ment by call­ing 7582381 or email­ing mau­reen­shep­pard@esdnl.ca. Writ­ten sub­mis­sions will be ac­cepted no later than Oct. 30. Source: Eastern School Dis­trict

Photo by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

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