Reconfiguration Within Black Gold Schools in Leduc


    On Wednesday, Feb. 26 the Black Gold Regional School (BGRS) division held on open house to the public regarding Leduc schools configuration review. 
    The purpose of the open house was to allow parents a chance to give input on the current plan that has been put together. 
    The city of Leduc has been growing quite quickly and with the new school, West Haven Public school, set to be ready for the fall of 2016, the division needed to look at reconfiguring the schools to alleviate current and future overcrowding in the areas where growth has been and is expected to be abundant. 
Norm Dargis, Division Principal with BGRS comments, “What we wanted to do was build capacity in the schools that we’re seeing a lot of growth in those neighbourhoods attached to those schools”. 
    The division displayed information that showed the intended process plan and schedule, the current and proposed grade configurations and boundaries, as well as projected information on expanding the French immersion program which is also growing. 
    The proposed changes are looking to affect the following schools, Caledonia Park, Corinthia Park, Leduc Estates and Lindsford Park.
    Caledonia Park School, a K-9 school with 422 students enrolled, has seen a lot of growth in the Tribute, Meadowview, Southfork areas of Leduc, so a recommendation was been made to change it to a K-6 school which will build some capacity.
    Since Corinthia Park School is currently at capacity or even slightly over with 451 students, attempts to alleviate space have been made by looking at the French Immersion program and expanding it over to the west side of the city. Corinthia Park is currently the only school in Leduc that offers French Immersion for grades K-6. The school is well known for their strength in celebrating the French culture, so a natural concern for parents might be, Can another K-6 school offer that same passion? Dargis explains that this is one of the concerns that have been looked at and they feel that there are enough students for a new school to be able to replicate it. “One of the biggest things we find associates whether or not a French culture permeates to a dual track school is the number of students that actually attend” he says. “We looked at the number of students on the west side of the highway and the number is approximately 140 students which gives us very good numbers to start off at West Haven with the French immersion program.”
    The area of Deer Valley in Leduc has also seen some growth, causing concerns for Willow Park School, which currently has 273 students enrolled for students from K-6.  Dargis says that currently residential homes in that area have been assigned to the Willow Park School. ”Willow Park is currently at capacity if not over capacity in regards to student enrollment so now what we are looking at is the neighbourhood of Deer Valley anything North of the ravine other than the existing structures that are there will be assigned to Lindsford Park just so that we can make sure that we don’t go over capacity at Willow park in the future,” adds Dargis. 
    Under the proposed changes Leduc Estates, a K-6 school with will just over 300 students enrolled will change to a K-3 school, the English 4-9 in that area will attend the new West Haven school. (With the French Immersion students K-6) 
Dargis says that a working committee made up of two Leduc principals and one central office personnel was responsible to go through all of the data and come up with their suggestions. Once this was done the information was put through an advisory committee, made up of all the principals within the city of Leduc, school council chairs and trustee as well as a representative from the City of Leduc. “After that process here we are tonight at the open house and now it is an opportunity from the parents to give us some feedback as to what they think of our suggestions“, he says. 
    At the open house the school division received both positive and negative feedback from parents that attended. Many had verbalized concerns that their children would end up having to relocate to a different school, however many were pleasantly surprised that a lot of the students will be remaining within their current attendance boundaries.  There was also an appreciation that the division understood how quickly the city of Leduc is growing and that they have taken this into consideration for the future. 
    Parents were also given the opportunity to give their comments in writing; anybody that was unable to attend the open house will still have an opportunity to submit their observations to BGRS until March 14, 2014. All of the information is available on their website under Leduc School configuration review. 
    Once the deadline for submission of comments is over the board will look at any written comments for consideration. The advisory committee will then meet on March 17 to review the comments and provide suggestion on how to move forward. Dargis says that once this process is done they will meet as a working committee and from there they will decide what their recommendation could be to go the Black Gold Board of Education to make the decision.  He feels that at this point he doesn’t know if there will be any changes, “There may be large changes, there may be no changes, it all depends alot on the feedback that we receive “.
    At this point the Black Gold Board of Education will make a decision on whether to accept, delay accepting or look at it again.  All of this is expected to take place sometime in late spring of this year. 
    In the fall of 2016 the Leduc School configuration changes will take effect paralleling it with the opening West Haven Public school. 

 

More Stories:
  • First Taste Of Christmas Shauna Helm with her Arbonne skin care and Sarah Jones with her steeped teas (in photo) were proud to be two of the ten exhibitors at the Christmas Vendor Blender, organized by Andrea Dean, that was held last Saturday, next ...
  • WCHS Performing Arts Night Friday night, October 24, saw a host of in-vested and appreciative family and friends descend on the West gym of WCHS to be treated to the second Performing Arts Night, showcasing talent from the music, drama and art departments ...
  • New Jaws Of Life For South Pigeon Lake Submitted by Grant Churchill (Assistant Fire Chief, South Pigeon Lake Fire Department) and Darrel Bohlender Community, businesses and local clubs help join in to raise money for a new Jaws of Life for the South Pigeon Lake ...
  • Rundle’s Mission Lakeshore Lookout Dedicated MP Blaine Calkins joined with Rundle’s Mission Board, staff, and supporters to dedicate the Rundle’s Mission Lakeshore Lookout. A gazebo built beside the road at the top of the steep drop to Pigeon Lake so that all visitors, ...
  • The WildSide - Reality TV In Our Backyard Millet’s ‘WildSide’ is coming to WILD TV, Canada’s biggest outdoor network in 2015. The WildSide is a new reality show featuring Millet’s Jeff Stevenson and Tanner Bennett. The show will showcase the outdoor exploits of the ...
  • The Wild Side - A New Local TV Series Coming Soon Coming your way is a new television series, detailing the life of the average outdoorsman here in Alberta, the team they share the field with, and the families involved in accommodating their passion, named, ‘The WildSide’. ...
  • Fall Crocuses Dare Alberta Winters Canadian gardeners are known for their adventurous spirit. Not to climb mountains or hike in a foreign wilderness, but to sometimes introduce new plants in their gardens, year after year. Through the import of seeds and bulbs ...
  • Rising Starz Fundraiser For Make-A-Wish Set aside this Saturday, October 25th, for the First Annual Rising Starz Event, showcasing the talents of local performers with the intent to raise enough money to grant a wish to a wish child. The ‘magic’ of a wish can reinvigorate ...
  • Rosebrier 4H Beef Club It’s that time of the year, 4H has begun. We are all so excited to begin a new year with new calves. We have 19 members in our club this year. During our October meeting we held elections. Our Executive are as follows: Emilee ...
  • Leduc City’s Emergency Response Proves Effective In Dealing With Spill Leduc Fire Services responded to a chemical spill at the Leduc Recreation Centre (LRC) on Oct. 16, 2014. Fourteen firefighters, two pump trucks, one rescue truck and a command vehicle were dispatched to the LRC shortly after ...
  • The 2014 Calmar Firemen’s Ball Goes Country! This year, the 8th annual Calmar Firemen’s Ball did a 360 and went from the usual formal affair to a down home country casual theme, much to everyone’s liking! The evening began with an excellent meal with plenty of country ...
  • Medieval Fundraiser Immanuel Anglican Church in Wetaskiwin had a wonderful time with its second annual evening of Medieval Feasting and Entertainment. The evening was intended as a fundraiser for the church, and included a silent auction. The ...
  • Thorsby Ballerina Headed For the Big Stage Six years of dance classes might enrich the life of a youth, but for a young Thorsby ballerina, hard work and focused passion will lead to an opportunity of a lifetime. Kiera Souza, who turned nine years old on October 17th, ...
  • Bob Robinson: Rodeo Hall Of Fame Inductee 2014 Millet’s own Bob Robinson had the honor of being inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, during the Rodeo Historical Society’s Rodeo Weekend, September 26-27. Born September 13, 1931 in Calgary to Frederick ...
  • Small Fire Department Receives Big Boost On Friday, October 10th, the County of Wetaskiwin’s Mulhurst & District Fire & Rescue Department was presented with a cheque for $15,000. The money was donated during the ‘2014 Larry Majeski Memorial Golf Tournament & BBQ’ ...
  • This, That And Everything As of October 10th, Millet really does have This That And Everything. Located at 5009 – 49 Ave in the old Fields location, owners Richard and Sabrina Jaffray-Barnes have realized their dream of a family business. The couple ...
  • Louisiana Hayride At Maclab Upon making plans to attend the country Music Tribute concert, “Hayride” at the Maclab Centre for the Performing Arts in Leduc, it came to the attention of regional theatre-goers that the Maclab now offers reserved seating. ...
  • Power Off Predators Technology, the Internet and social media are facts of life in today’s society, and with all the benefits, there is a dark corner where predators groom and lure young people. When Warburg resident Colleen Foster was approached ...
  • Turkey Chase and Search for The Yeti The Annual Devon Turkey Chase is in its 9th year, held once again at the Lions Campground on the shore of the North Saskatchewan River. This fun outdoor event is so rooted in the Town of Devon’s local culture, that it has ...
  • Fall Food Roundup Success The shelves of the Leduc and District Food Bank are filling up again with another successful Fall Food Round Up. This year, 17,679 pounds of food was collected in the door-to-door food drive Oct. 6. Another 3,900 pounds have ...




 
  • Leduc Radio Ad
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia
  • Industrial Netmedia