CBE launches highschool engagement, eventualities embody ending some Spanish, French and Arts packages

The Calgary Board of Schooling is contemplating slicing some packages of alternative and consolidating packages as it appears to steadiness scholar populations in public excessive colleges throughout the town. 

“Proper now, as a few of you’re conscious, a few of our colleges are overflowing whereas others are below capability,” stated appearing superintendent of college enchancment, Darlene Unruh.

On Monday, the CBE unveiled two eventualities which can be designed to repair that downside. In Situation A, packages could be consolidated to fewer excessive colleges, and arts-centred studying could be discontinued. 

In Situation B, there would be an extra discount within the variety of program areas, and arts-centred studying, Spanish bilingual and French worldwide baccalaureate could be discontinued at the highschool degree.

Unruh says each eventualities would steadiness enrolment at most excessive colleges, and in Situation B, much more college students within the common program would be capable of attend college nearer to house.

“In each eventualities, 4 of 5 common program college students will attend the identical college as at the moment designated, and 74 per cent of our communities will proceed to attend the identical college as they do now,” she stated.

Unruh stated the 2 eventualities had been developed by way of 2019 consultations with college students, employees, dad and mom and the neighborhood, and acknowledge the board’s restricted house and assets and try and have the very best influence for college students. 

“Each eventualities present high quality studying alternatives that enable college students to finish their highschool necessities,” she stated.

“They do that in three key methods. Firstly, they supply a extra equitable studying expertise for all highschool college students. Secondly, they preserve an everyday program at each highschool, and thirdly, they permit for various packages and educational enrichment when potential.” 

The board is now launching the following section of its highschool eventualities engagement course of — which initially started in Might 2019 and has confronted many delays — in hopes of selecting a situation, or gathering sufficient suggestions from households to create a 3rd, hybrid situation.

Suggestions might be gathered by way of on-line surveys and digital conferences.

A call might be introduced within the fall of 2021 and might be put into motion for the 2022-23 college 12 months. 

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