Grade 4 French Immersion classes to move back to Riverside

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Unlike many schools in Muskoka with declining enrolment, Huntsville Public School (HPS) continues to grow to the point that it has reached its maximum capacity this year. (A 2017 Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) Review of Facilities and Enrolments puts HPS capacity at 512 students.)

A report prepared by Andrea Gillespie, Superintendent of Education, and Bob Kaye, Superintendent of Business, to be presented at the TLDSB Committee of the Whole board meeting today, states, “we do not feel that additional enrolment should be accommodated in the existing building, without adding portables to the site. In reviewing the enrolment projections for Huntsville Public School for the next five year period, there will continue to be capacity pressures on the existing facility.”

The report also notes that there is space available at Riverside Public School, enough to accommodate the Grade 4 French Immersion classes. “Retaining the Grade 4 French Immersion classes at Riverside should help alleviate the pressure at Huntsville Public School. As such, beginning in September 2018, the French Immersion program offered at Riverside Public School will include Grade 4 and the French Immersion program offered at Huntsville Public School will begin in Grade 5.”

French Immersion classes in grades 4 through 8 were first moved to HPS from Riverside for the 2012/13 school year, with the younger French Immersion students continuing to receive instruction at Riverside.

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