Optional French programs being reviewed in CCRSB

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TRURO – Guidelines for optional French programs in Chignecto-Central Regional School Board are being reviewed.

The CCRSB has been discussing the optional French programs offered throughout the board. Guidelines are being considered, mostly based on enrolment, that would impact which programs continue, class size and promotion of programs.

CCRSB superintendent Gary Clarke told the board this week that “class sizes are pretty good now (but) by taking a look at the (programs) it will allow the board to (control) extreme situations ... high or low numbers.”

Scott Milner, director of education services, shared some  regional plan possibilities for the board to consider. Some of the ideas being discussed include:

-      Middle immersion should not expand, but could continue.

-      Minimum enrolment to start a class in primary, Grade 4 or 7 is 20.

-      If any late French immersion or integrated (Grade 7 entry) class dips less than 15 students, it will stop.

-      If any early or middle French immersion (Grade primary and 4 entry) goes below 15 students, and a combined class is not possible, the class will stop.

-      Combined classes with a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 25 could be possible.

-      If enrolment is too low to start a class, CCRSB will continue the registration process for two years. The third attempt will be a survey for other optional French programs.

School board member Susan MacQuarrie, who represents the Truro area, said having French options in CCRSB “is awesome” but “I definitely think they need to be streamlined. We are all over the board” without a common regional approach, she said.

Discussion into possible changes dates back to June 2009 when a motion for an external review was called. The review has included hiring a consultant, creating recommendations and options, and now, receiving parent feedback.

The topic will be discussed again at next week’s regular school board meeting.


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Geographic location: Truro

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Recent comments

  • Beth
    January 10, 2014 - 07:24

    Class sizes are not "pretty good" right now. In early immersion in Truro, there are 28 students in a Grade Primary class. There is no communication (between departments, with schools, with parents) happening.

  • C Bartlett
    January 10, 2014 - 06:42

    In my opinion, I am wondering why the province and collectively school boards across the province are not looking at the $$47 MILLION plus( majority NS Taxpayer monies) being spent on the separate L'Ecole Acadian separate french school system and come up with some innovative way to provide education in french to all who would like to attend. The criteria for entering the L'ecole Acadian system have certainly watered over the years ( I assume due to lack of enrollment and thus trying to keep numbers up to justify the major provincial expenditure to sustain a separate education system)....students who have NO and very very limited french heritage but yet still manage to be admitted to L'ecole Acadian schools with MINATURE class sizes in comparison to those students in the rest of the public educational system in this province.