Pub­lic feed­back im­por­tant be­fore a de­ci­sion is made

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Sev­eral pos­si­bil­i­ties were brought for­ward for con­sid­er­a­tion and the com­mu­nity will have a chance to make a case for those var­i­ous op­tions dur­ing an up­com­ing pub­lic meet­ing Nov. 12 at Tantra­mar Re­gional High School. This will be fol­lowed eight days later by an­other pub­lic meet­ing at Lou Mac­narin School in Dieppe in which the DEC will dis­cuss the study and vote on whether to close Marshview, and merge the stu­dents into the two other ex­ist­ing schools in Sackville or build a new one.

Inger­soll said it’s im­por­tant for the DEC to hear from the pub­lic be­fore it makes that de­ci­sion.

“That’s what this process is about … so the pub­lic has a chance to say what they’d like to see hap­pen.”

Once the coun­cil makes a de­ci­sion, it will for­ward the re­quest to the province’s ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter, who can ac­cept or re­ject it.

To make a pre­sen­ta­tion at the pub­lic meet­ing on Nov. 12, the pub­lic is asked to reg­is­ter on­line. Res­i­dents can also pro­vide their in­put by post­ing their com­ments or ques­tions on the school dis­trict web­site or by email­ing ASDe­sus­tain­abil­ity@nbed.nb.ca.

Op­tions for con­sid­er­a­tion 1. Main­tain the sta­tus quo – Inger­soll said the in­tent of the study at this point is to close Marshview. Be­cause of its age and con­di­tion, the school would not likely qual­ify for a “midlife up­grade” and would be lim­ited to main­te­nance up­grades. But if it were the de­sire of the com­mu­nity, “we could leave ev­ery­thing the way it is and keep mov­ing on.”

Close Marshview Mid­dle School and re­con­fig­ure Salem El­e­men­tary to a K-5 school and Tantra­mar High to a Grade 6-12. Inger­soll said in this sce­nario, about 70 stu­dents would go to Salem while about 200 would be moved into TRHS. This would re­quire midlife up­grades to both schools, as nei­ther is built to han­dle the ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity. He said while TRHS may seem like it has a lot of ex­tra space, it

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was not built for mid­dle school stu­dents and would there­fore re­quire dif­fer­ent ameni­ties to make it work. A midlife up­grade of Salem is es­ti­mated at $8.3M while changes to TRHS would cost ap­prox­i­mately $7M.

Close Marshview Mid­dle, build a new K-5 and a new 6-12. Inger­soll said a new K-5 school is es­ti­mated at $19M while a new 6-12 school would cost about $29M.

Close Marshview Mid­dle and build a new K-8. A new K-8 school, which would be built for about 625 stu­dents, is es­ti­mated at about $25M. Inger­soll said with this op­tion, a midlife up­grade would likely still be re­quired for TRHS, at a cost of

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about $4M.

Close Marshview, Salem and TRHS and build a new K-12 school. Inger­soll said a K- 12 school in Sackville would be a very large build­ing, serv­ing a ca­pac­ity of about 1,000 stu­dents. He said most K-12 schools in New Brunswick con­sist of only about 300 stu­dents, although there are a cou­ple of schools that do have ap­prox­i­mately 650 stu­dents. “Not to say it’s not pos­si­ble to have one that large but it’s just some­thing that’s not been done be­fore in New Brunswick.” A K-12 school is es­ti­mated at about $41M.

Other op­tions brought for­ward by the pub­lic dur­ing the study.

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Marshview Mid­dle School is be­ing con­sid­ered for clo­sure and the com­mu­nity is be­ing asked to pro­vide feed­back as to where those stu­dents should be moved – to the other ex­ist­ing schools (Salem El­e­men­tary and Tantra­mar High) or in a newly-built school(s).

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