Big changes for Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate sys­tem

Davis El­e­men­tary, Har­bour Grace Pri­mary clos­ing as part of re­con­fig­u­ra­tion

The Compass - - NEWS - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS edi­tor@cb­n­com­

The end of the 2012-13 school year last week was be­ing met with a mix of emo­tions in the Car­bon­ear area, with a sig­nif­i­cant re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of the school sys­tem to take ef­fect when classes re­sume in Septem­ber.

As part of this re­con­fig­u­ra­tion, a state-ofthe-art kinder­garten to Grade 8 school will open on Val­ley Road, across from the Car­bon­ear Swim­ming Pool and a stone’s throw away from Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate. Teach­ers are ex­pected to get the keys to the new com­plex in Au­gust, and some 440-plus stu­dents are ex­pected to walk through the doors on Day 1.

Work will also con­tinue this sum­mer on a pro­ject to add four new class­rooms to the asyet-opened school. The ex­tra classes be­came nec­es­sary af­ter it was re­al­ized the num­ber of stu­dents in some grades ex­ceeded the man­dated cap for the stu­dent-teacher ra­tio. The new class­rooms are not ex­pected to be ready for Septem­ber, board of­fi­cials have stated.

“We ended up, for ex­am­ple, with two classes of Grade 3 with 29 stu­dents. You can’t have it,” Mil­ton Peach, chair of the Eastern School Dis­trict board of trus­tees, stated this week.

The new school also means big changes else­where, in­clud­ing the clo­sure of Davis El­e­men­tary (K-5) in Car­bon­ear and Har­bour Grace Pri­mary (K-5), the re­con­fig­u­ra­tion of St. Fran­cis School in Har­bour Grace from a Grades 6-9 school to kinder­garten to Grade 8, and the K-9 Per­salvic El­e­men­tary in Vic­to­ria will be­come a K-8 school.

Fi­nally, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate will grow from a Level I, II and III high school when it wel­comes Grade 9s in Septem­ber, with its en­rol­ment ex­pected to swell to 522 stu­dents.

The four schools will have a com­bined en­rol­ment of roughly 1,550 stu­dents.

On Thurs­day, teach­ers were busy pack­ing up at Davis El­e­men­tary, pre­par­ing to turn a page on the ven­er­a­ble old school, which opened nearly five decades ago.

French teacher Pa­tri­cia (Pat) Jayne spent more years at the school — about 16 — than any other mem­ber of the staff. She was feel­ing some nos­tal­gia about the move to what will be known as Car­bon­ear Acad­emy, but also a sense of ex­cite­ment about the prospect of en­hanced pro­gram­ming, a mod­ern new school, and be­ing reacquainted once again with many stu­dents who pre­vi­ously grad­u­ated from Davis El­e­men­tary.

“We’re get­ting our Grades 6s, 7s and 8s back. That’s ex­cit­ing,” Jayne, a Vic­to­ria res­i­dent, stated as she packed school sup­plies into boxes.

Pho­tos by Terry Roberts/the Com­pass

Pa­tri­cia (Pat) Jayne, the staff mem­ber with the most years teach­ing at Davis El­e­men­tary, is sur­rounded by boxes in her class­room on Thurs­day, June 20.

Re­source teacher Rhonda Whe­lan of Avon­dale makes her way down the hall at Davis El­e­men­tary on Thurs­day, June 20 car­ry­ing ma­te­ri­als from her class­room. Whe­lan just con­cluded her first year at Davis, and is look­ing for­ward to her new sur­round­ings at Car­bon­ear Acad­emy in Septem­ber.

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