Mostly positive response to possible consolidation of Grade 9 students

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NEW GLASGOW – The possible consolidation of Grade 9 students to North Nova Education Centre has received mostly positive feedback, says Debbie Buott-Matheson, communications manager for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

The Study Action Committee presented their final report at a public meeting on Thursday.

“What the Study Action Committee heard is that students in Grade 9 feel ready to go to North Nova Education Centre,” Buott-Matheson said about the response they’ve been receiving throughout the process.

There were some fears that the school may not have enough room to accommodate students from East Pictou Middle School, Thorburn Consolidated School and Trenton Middle School.

Buott-Matheson said this has subsided through conversations with students. Although the first year would be the tightest year, it still wouldn’t be overcrowded, she said.

She notes that it can be intimidating for students to consider moving to high school a year earlier.

She also said the move offers more programming options for the students, but the overall educational experience would have the same high quality.

The final report, which recommends the consolidation, can be found at the school board’s website.

A decision will be made at the regular public school board meeting on Jan. 15.

Organizations: North Nova Education Centre, Study Action Committee, Central Regional School Board East Pictou Middle School Thorburn Consolidated School Trenton Middle School

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW, Chignecto

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