Changes un­der­way in Car­bon­ear area

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Clos­ing school in Col­liers

There are also plans to close Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion (K-6) in Col­liers and re­zone the stu­dents to a newly re­con­fig­ured all-grade school in Avon­dale, which is cur­rently Ron­calli High (Grades 7 to Level III). Holy Cross Ele­men­tary in Holy­rood, which has seen its pop­u­la­tion in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly, will also be down­sized to a K-4 school, with Grades 5-6 mov­ing to Avon­dale.

Con­cerns have long been raised about the ab­sence of a gym­na­sium at Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion. What’s more, Ron­calli is cur­rently be­ing uti­lized at about 50 per cent ca­pac­ity.

In the Bay Roberts area, the board has made a re­quest to the provin­cial gov­ern­ment to fund the re­place­ment of Co­ley’s Point Pri­mary, which is at the end of its life­span.Five other schools — As­cen­sion Col­le­giate (Bay Roberts), Amal­ga­mated Academy (Bay Roberts), All Hal­lows Ele­men­tary (North River), Holy Redeemer Ele­men­tary (Spa­niard’s Bay) and St. Peter’s Ele­men­tary (Up­per Is­land Cove) — will be sta­tus quo.

There are also no changes pro­posed for the net­work of schools farther north on the Bac­calieu Trail.

The plan merely rec­om­mends “fu­ture re­view” for Bac­calieu Col­le­giate (Grades 7-Level III) in Old Per­li­can, Tri­con Ele­men­tary (K-6) in Bay de Verde, Cabot Academy (K-6) in West­ern Bay and Perl­win Ele­men­tary (K-6) in Win­ter­ton. All three ele­men­tary schools feed into Bac­calieu Col­le­giate. multi-year plan, it will be called Car­bon­ear Academy.

Here’s how this new school will change the ed­u­ca­tional land­scape:

• Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, cur­rently a Level I to III school, will be ex­panded to in­clude Grade 9;

• Davis Ele­men­tary (K-5) in Car­bon­ear will close;

• Har­bour Grace Pri­mary (K-5) will close, and stu­dents will at­tend a re­con­fig­ured St. Fran­cis School (K-8) in Har­bour Grace;

• St. Fran­cis, which is cur­rently a Grades 6-9 school, will be re­con­fig­ured into a K-8 school. The board will seek gov­ern­ment fund­ing to ren­o­vate the build­ing;

• Per­salvic Ele­men­tary in Vic­to­ria, which is cur­rently a K-9 fa­cil­ity, will be down­sized to K-8, with the Grade 9s go­ing to Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate. Ren­o­va­tions are also planned for this school.

“We want to en­sure topqual­ity pro­gram­ming in fa­cil­i­ties that are con­ducive to good learning.”

— Mil­ton Peach

New school for Car­bon­ear

Mean­while, a ma­jor re­con­fig­u­ra­tion is al­ready well un­der­way in the Car­bon­ear area, where a new K-8 school is be­ing con­structed, and is slated to open in 2013. Ac­cord­ing to the

Vot­ing in De­cem­ber

The draft multi-year plan was de­vel­oped us­ing data col­lected through in­ter­nal re­search and feed­back from school ad­min­is­tra­tors and school coun­cils, and rec­om­men­da­tions were based on the fol­low­ing con­sid­er­a­tions: stu­dent en­rol­ment, grade level con­fig­u­ra­tion, fa­cil­i­ties and trans­porta­tion.

A se­ries of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions will be held in the com­ing days (see fact box), and no­tices of mo­tion for pro­posed school closures will be tabled at a spe­cial pub­lic board meet­ing on Nov. 7 in Shoal Har­bour.

Fur­ther pub­lic hear­ings will be held later in Novem­ber, and a final vote will take place dur­ing a board meet­ing Dec. 13 in Spa­niard’s Bay.

Mean­while, schools in Salt Pond (near Marys­town), Swift Cur­rent and Catalina are also slated for clo­sure.


The build­ing has been crum­bling in re­cent years, and a sec­tion of the roof has col­lapsed.

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