Several NL Schools Could be Closing


The Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has issued six Notices of Motion related to five school system reviews previously announced at its October 26, 2019 meeting.

These Notices of Motion indicate proposal(s) being considered in the coming months, and take into account meetings already held with school councils and initial consultations with the school communities. A vote on each motion is expected to be held at the March 28, 2020 regular public meeting of the Board.

“No decisions have yet been made with respect to these school system reviews,” said Goronwy Price, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “These Notices of Motion give formal notice to the school communities of the proposals being considered following initial review and consultation.

The next steps involve further review and analysis and a further consultation with the school communities involved. Where school closures are being considered, a separate public meeting will be held with the school community prior to the March 28, 2020 meeting of the Board.”

St. Thomas Aquinas (K-8) will close effective June, 2020. Stephenville Elementary (4-5) will close effective June, 2020. Stephenville Middle School will be reconfigured from Grades 6-8 to Grades 4-7. Stephenville High School will be reconfigured from Grades 9-12 to Grades 8-12. All students attending Stephenville Elementary will attend Stephenville Middle School.

Stephenville Primary School student attendance zone will be rezoned to include the current student attendance zone for St. Thomas Aquinas. Stephenville Middle School student attendance zone will be rezoned to include the current student attendance zone for St. Thomas Aquinas. Stephenville High School student attendance zone will be rezoned to include the current student attendance zone for St. Thomas Aquinas.

All students who previously attended St. Thomas Aquinas K-8 and who are currently attending Piccadilly Central High will continue to attend Piccadilly Central High until completion of high school. The Pathfinder Learning Centre (L.S. Eddy) (10-12) will relocate to the site of the former Stephenville Elementary.

Conditional upon the opening of an extension to Dorset Collegiate to accommodate K6 students from Green Bay South Academy (K-6) and Brian Peckford Primary (K-3) Dorset Collegiate will be reconfigured from Grades 7-12 to Grades K-12; Green Bay South Academy (K-6) and Brian Peckford Primary (K-3) will close. The student attendance zone for Dorset Collegiate will be rezoned to include the current student attendance zones for Green Bay South Academy (K-6) and Brian Peckford Primary (K-3).

Charlottetown Primary school, K-3, will close effective June 2020. Students attending Charlottetown Primary will attend Glovertown Academy K-12 effective September, 2020. The student attendance zone for Glovertown Academy will be rezoned to include the current student attendance zone for Charlottetown Primary. Sandstone Academy K-6 will close effective June, 2020 and all students will attend Phoenix Academy K-12 effective September, 2020. The student attendance zone for Phoenix Academy will be rezoned to include the current student attendance zone for Sandstone Academy.


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