Changes underway in Carbonear area
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.