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Board of Trustees Exploring Viability of Adding Grade Levels at École Providence School

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The Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) Board of Trustees has passed a motion to explore the viability of adding grades seven, eight and/or nine to Ecole Providence School for the 2019/2020 school year. The decision was made in response to the increasing enrolment at the school, which has made the school economically viable in recent years. The school now has 52 students from grades K-6, and now offers full-time kindergarten, full breakfast program, several option classes, among many others. The HFCRD Board of Trustees is meeting with parents and students in March 2019 and plans to make a decision at the April 16th Regular Board Meeting. If community members would like to give their feedback to the Board of Trustees, they are encouraged to email jody.bekevich@hfcrd.ab.ca or call 780-624-3956.

“Parents and students have requested we begin adding junior high grades to the school. We as a board are open to this possibility, but only if it is a viable option. If we are to add more grades, we want to ensure it is supported by the community of McLennan and that it will be successful,” said Board Chair Kelly Whalen. “In the coming weeks, we will be asking all parents and students if their child would stay at the school throughout junior high. Our decision will be based heavily on their responses.”

In March 2013, the Board of Trustees unanimously supported the reorganization of Ecole Providence School from grades K-9 to a grades K-6 school effective in the 2013/14 school year. The decision was made in response to low enrolment at the school at the time. Along with the decision, the Board of Trustees committed to refocusing the school’s resources by eliminating triple grading within the school, ensuring that a maximum of two grades would be taught in the same classroom. This decision was beneficial to the school as enrolment has steadily increased and the community of McLennan has steadily supported the school.

“The Board would also like to commend Principal Krista Veitch and the entire staff at Ecole Providence School for their dedication to providing a caring learning atmosphere for students,” said Superintendent Betty Turpin. “Without their hard work that has attracted many students to the school, the option of adding more grades would not be possible.”

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