Public Consultation Regarding Possible New Brigden School Closure Begins August 30 |
On August 30, the Prairie Rose School Division will hold a public consultation regarding the possible closure of New Brigden School.
The board passed a motion to review the school closure at its public meeting on April 13, 2021. As part of the process, information was gathered regarding enrollment and maintenance, as well as that other factors regarding the feasibility of the K-5 school remains open.
The public consultation will take place at New Brigden School.
“This gives us the opportunity to share information with parents, so parents can let the board know how a potential closure would impact their child or children,” said Roger Clarke, Superintendent of Prairie Rose Schools. . “It is also for parents to have the opportunity to tell the board of directors, have you given other things, other options, a reflection? So this is a consultative meeting, where parents will have the opportunity to ask questions of the management staff, like myself and the assistant superintendents, and the secretary-treasurer on the financial side of things. Law. So our job is to give parents all the factual information. “
Information is available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TRjurLltohdPASFpl81S_ta1B8qvn-kr/view
After this initial consultation, parents will have the option of writing to the Board of Directors to express their concerns, or to attend as a delegation to future Board meetings on the subject before the Board makes a decision on October 5. .
“So the board is considering making this decision a final decision one way or another. I don’t know what the solution will be in the end, whether the board decides to close the school or not, it depends on the board. The board of directors will make this decision in October. So there is a period of time now after the August 30 consultation, ”Clarke said.
In the event of closure, the school will remain open for the 2021-2022 school year, Clarke said, and in subsequent years they will run a bus service to Oyen for children living in New Brigden.
The school is estimated to have a total of 23 students enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year at the time of writing.
“Over four years ago, of course, the board of directors considered shutting down. Their enrollment is a little higher now than it was then, ”said Clarke. But again, this is a consideration because of the enrollment and the state of the school, because the school building too, on the right, and the finances involved, to be able to maintain the school in good condition.
The meeting is at 7 p.m. and on the Prairie Rose site, it indicates the mthe format of the meeting is “In person at New Brigden School (meeting format will be required to comply with health restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic). “