School Board presented with options for Highland Consolidated Middle School

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Members of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) were presented with eight options in light of the investigation results into reported odours at Highland Consolidated Middle School. The Board is now tasked with deciding what to do in regards to Highland Consolidated Middle School, its students and staff for the long-term.

“Our goal throughout this process has been to make the best educational decision possible for the students and staff at Highland Consolidated Middle School and the best financial decision possible for the school board as a whole,” says Gary Clarke, CCRSB Superintendent. “The eight options presented tonight have been proposed with those parameters in mind. At this point no decisions have been made; we need to hear from parents, guardians and the community first.”

The options presented to the Board are as follows (the numbers assigned do not denote a ranking):

OPTION 1:

Remediate the roof, mechanical, structural and housekeeping items as outlined in the investigation and return students to Highland Consolidated Middle School.

OPTION 2:

Students remain at Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary; it becomes a Primary-Grade 8 school: G.R. Saunders Elementary P-6; Walter Duggan Consolidated P-6; and Northumberland Rural High School (NRHS) 9-12.

OPTION 3:

Reconfigure to create three Primary-Grade 8 schools: G.R. Saunders Elementary P-8; Walter Duggan Consolidated P-8; Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary P-8; and NRHS 9-12.

OPTION 4:

Reconfigure to create three Primary-Grade 7 schools and one Grade 8-12 school: G.R. Saunders Elementary P-7; Walter Duggan Consolidated P-7; Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary P-7; and NRHS 8-12.

OPTION 5:

Reconfigure to create two Primary-Grade 5 schools and one Grade 6-8 school: G.R. Saunders Elementary (P-5 OR 6-8), Walter Duggan Consolidated (P-5 or 6-8); Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary (P-5 or 6-8); and NRHS 9-12.

OPTION 6:

Reconfigure to create two Primary-Grade 7 schools and one Primary-Grade 8 school: G.R. Saunders Elementary P-7; Walter Duggan Consolidated P-7; Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary P-8; and NRHS 9-12.

OPTION 7:

Reconfigure to create three Primary-Grade 6 schools and one Grade 7-12 school: G.R. Saunders Elementary P-6; Walter Duggan Consolidated P-6; Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary P-6; and NRHS 7-12.

OPTION 8:

Reclaim Old Victoria School for Grade 7 and 8 students.

 

“In light of the importance of this decision, the Board opted to send the options to a joint meeting of the Operational Services and Educational Services committees for review and further investigation,” says Clarke.

The options for Highland Consolidated Middle School, its students and staff have the potential to affect a number of schools throughout the Celtic Family of Schools (Pictou County). To ensure that the local community, parents and guardians have a chance to offer input and comment, CCRSB will host a public meeting on Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 pm, in the gymnasium at Dr. W.A. MacLeod Elementary.

The following email address has also been set-up to receive feedback on the options listed above: suggestionsHCMS@ccrsb.ca or members of the public may call 755-8132 to speak with the Celtic Family of Schools Supervisor.

Organizations: Highland Consolidated Middle School, Central Regional School Board, Primary-Grade 8 school Old Victoria School for Grade Operational Services Educational Services

Geographic location: Chignecto, Pictou County

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  • Matt Rutledge Westville
    April 03, 2013 - 19:39

    All of these people at the top pushing kids to jump into these massive loans to get an education, and yet the very own school board they come from wont even take out a loan to provide them with an education in their own community. Makes me sick to even think of this school being shut down. Frig... open the doors as is and it will get used. Couple old sandwiches gonna be the death of the school? I hope not .... I want a job in my community someday....

  • concerned citizen
    February 07, 2013 - 16:33

    OPTION 7: Keeping all of the Elementary students in their home schools and reconfiguring NRHS to have a Middle School (7-8) pod is the best solution for these reasons: 1. NRHS is the newest building and has the best facilities and technology, that our students deserve. 2. More programs can be offered to our students. 3. The students will only have one transition from their elementary school to NRHS. 4. The Board needs to cut square footage - as enrollment declines, NRHS will need to fill its empty space. Let's be proactive and make this opportunity available to the students of HCMS!

    • Brigitte
      February 08, 2013 - 20:34

      There are too many issues there, like drugs, I wouldn't want my 13 year old to be exposed to it too soon.

  • Westville Parent
    February 07, 2013 - 13:00

    I would rather not send my children to a school with health risks (and lets face it, there is no money to fix Highland or Victoria for that matter). My kids are more than happy going to Dr. W.A. MacLeod. The option with the least amount of inconvenience to everyone would be #2. The children and staff are already settled in, the school has been renovated and is much newer, and it does not disrupt other schools. To me option two would be the best for our children and the finances of the school board.

  • Concerned Parent
    February 07, 2013 - 08:47

    Ok, can the news not get an up to date photo....this photo has the description "Highland Consolidated School will not have classes for two days in the attempt to find what is causing an ongoing odour. Adam MacInnis – The News". Highland Consolidated has not had school for over a yr....I mean really can you not recheck this stuff, there will be a lot of parents reading this thinking school is going to be closed for 2 days

    • Debbie Campbell
      February 07, 2013 - 11:44

      As far as I am concerned reclaim what is rightfully yours and put the kids there. Take back the Victoria School. It would likely be the easiest, fastest and cheapest way to solve this problem. CCRSB is already being forced to make financial and staff lay-offs due to Gov't cutbacks. If any expense has to be made ultimately it will be the kids that are paying via staff cutbacks, etc. This just seems like the most logical solution with the least financial and student set backs.