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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Review of Kincardine Schools

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Different options include closing Elgin Market and adding French Immersion programs.

The Kincardine/Port Elgin accommodation review committee continues to look at several options on the table that could dictate the future of the schooling picture in Kincardine.

It wasn't a big crowd at Wednesday night's meeting at Huron Heights school in Kincardine -- but one that had more questions than answers.

The ARC group didn't have the answers either.

ARC chair Richard Yun says they could leave all three schools -- Elgin Market; Kincardine Township-Tiverton (KTTPS) and Huron Heights open with dwindling enrolment and therefore money, or they can close one and leave two open.

In any event, another decision to be made is what will be the make-up of the schools.

Some spectators sensed that a decision to close Elgin Market school had already been made.

Presentations were made by three groups--each with their own agenda to satisfy in the solution.

Tara Flood from the KTTPS School Community Council says their group would like to see KTTPS and Huron Heights be Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 schools with Elgin Market closing.

Both schools would provide French Immersion classes which is currently offered at Elgin Market to Grade 3 but soon to be transferred to Huron Heights when a grade 4 class is created.

Alice Paisley-Ellis of the Canadian Parents for French would like to see the status quo with all three schools remaining open.

However if Elgin Market were to close, then all JK to Grade 3 should be at KTTPS and all Grade 4 to 8 at Huron Heights.

Huron Heights teacher Jan McKellar agrees with the Paisley-Ellis suggestion.

The clock is ticking and Yun says a decision from the committee will be announced at its April 27th meeting.


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