Saturday, 10 Jun 2023

South Pointe students, parents still waiting on future as school board defers vote

A vote to decide the future of 91 students at Ecole South Pointe School has been deferred to the next Pembina Trails School Division board meeting.

Increased enrolment at the school means those 91 students in the K-8 facility may be moved, leaving parents in limbo.

On Wednesday evening the division’s board of trustees heard from concerned parents about the proposed plan.

“The problem isn’t going away and the parents really do need to be consulted,” parent Sarah MacMartin said.

Her daughter Cailey’s best friend would be transferred out of the school if the plan is approved.

“We’re just concerned that it was going to go through and that she’s going to be taken away,” Cailey said.

Parents say concerns about issues such as transportation, child care and students’ mental health should be all factored into the decision.

Trustees say they will take more time to consider what they heard.

The motion says the catchment areas would change for the upcoming school year and the students would be sent to Ecole St. Avila for kindergarten to Grade 6 and Ecole Viscount Alexander for Grades 7 to 8.

The existing provision for grandfathering French Immersion students in Richmond West and Fairfield Park would be rescinded.

“There are some students who live in Richmond West and Fairfield Park — which is not part of South Pointe — who have been allowed to go to South Pointe so that French Immersion could be a little closer to their home,” said superintendent Ted Fransen.

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