Sherwood Park, AB. — At the April 18 Board meeting, the Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) Board of Trustees approved a motion to consider a possible grade reconfiguration at Andrew School.

In fall 2018, the Board began a review of the senior high program at Andrew School. Multiple public consultations were conducted with students, staff, families, officials and community members—three working-group meetings, a student forum, a community conversation, a feedback session and a public meeting. The consultations confirmed the low enrolment numbers at the senior high level limits the access students have to enhanced educational opportunities—in comparison to other schools within the Division.

For this reason, at the April 18 Board meeting trustees approved the motion “to consider the closure of grades 10-12 at Andrew School, effective June 30, 2019.” The Board’s considering making Andrew School a K-9 school that feeds into Lamont High and Vegreville Composite High for senior high programming. The Board also requested administration bring forward a comprehensive report regarding the possible closure, which EIPS will share with the public once finalized.

According to the School Act, when a grade reconfiguration is considered at a school involving three or more grades, it’s technically termed a school closure—even though the school is not being considered for closure. As such, EIPS has to follow guidelines outlined in the province’s School Act “Closure of Schools Regulation: Alberta Regulation 238/1997.” Part of that process includes a public meeting to share information about the possible grade reconfiguration—taking place on May 9. Families, students, staff, local officials and community members are invited to attend to learn more about what the Board is considering, ask questions and offer feedback.

Meeting details:
Date: May 9
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Location: Andrew School
Address: 4922 50 Ave.; Andrew
*free child care provided

The Board is also accepting written feedback in the following ways:

Board of Trustees
EIPS Central Services
683 Wye Rd.
Sherwood Park, AB  T8B 1N2

Before making a final decision, the Board will take into consideration all the information and feedback received. A decision is expected to take place at the Board meeting on June 6, 2019.

 

EIPS is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,150 students in 43 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties and the western portion of the County of Minburn.

 

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For more information contact:
Laura McNabb, Director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902