School Board presented with options for Highland Consolidated Middle School

Published on February 6, 2013
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

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.