School Board staff meet with parents to discuss relocation options for New Glasgow students

Media Release-Monday, June 11, 2012 – Truro, NS –Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) staff met with parents at a public meeting tonight, in New Glasgow, to discuss the relocation options for students while the new Primary to Grade 8 school is built.

Construction of the new school is expected to take two years, with a completion date of September 2014. CCRSB superintendent, Gary Clarke, says it is essential that all students continue to have an enriching school experience during that time.

“Our primary concern is that the students from New Glasgow Junior High, Acadia Street School and Temperance Street School continue to have a full educational experience over the next two years,” says Clarke. “That means taking the steps necessary, during this time, to give our students access to adequate classroom space, cafeterias and space for sports and after-school activities.

CCRSB staff weighed the available relocation options against a series of criteria and questions, including: classroom space, gym space, lunch room access, spaces for a learning center, a guidance area, music program, additional bussing requirements and location.

Based on the above criteria, CCRSB staff recommended two options to parents this evening:

  • Option A-New Glasgow Junior High students move to Temperance Street School. Acadia Street School then becomes home to Primary to Grade 3 students from Temperance Street and Acadia Street. Grades 4, 5 and 6 students would then move to Brown School.
     
  • Option B-New Glasgow Junior High students move to East Pictou Middle School.

“This was a very detailed process,” says Clarke. “Our staff looked at a number of different, possible locations and, measuring them against the criteria, we arrived at the two options that we presented parents with tonight: moving students to Temperance Street or East Pictou Middle School. Once we have gathered feedback from parents on these two options, staff will make a final decision on the relocation.”

Parents of New Glasgow Junior High, Temperance Street, Acadia Street and A.G. Baillie Memorial School students are encouraged to send their comments and feedback to the School Board at suggestionsNGJH@ccrsb.ca by midnight, Wednesday, June 13. Once the feedback is received, staff will then make a final decision about the relocation options.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is comprised of 17 board members and over 3,000 staff all striving to develop independent, lifelong learners in a student-centered environment, with high expectations for all. CCRSB serves approximately 22,000 students from Primary to Grade 12, throughout the counties of East Hants, Colchester, Cumberland and Pictou.

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For more information, contact:
Debbie Buott-Matheson, Communications Manager
Chignecto-Central Regional School Board
902-897-8911