Race is on to save Lakeside Academy
Accepting French-speaking students as well as immigrants would circumvent Bill 101.
MONTREAL – Among the planned closures of several schools at the Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB), parents of Lakeside Academy are fighting back.
They received the news in mid-December and met with community leaders and school board officials in early January to try to reverse the decision.
Out of the meeting came the Save Lakeside Committee, a group that is coming up with ideas to potentially increase enrolment – one of the reasons why the school is being slated for closure.
One idea is to integrate the school with a French school board, allowing them to have both French and English programs.
Global News senior anchor Jamie Orchard sat down with Lachine Borough Councillor Maya Vadonavic and parent Jennifer Park to discuss the issue.
Their idea of accepting French-speaking students as well as immigrants would circumvent Bill 101, so they are tasked with taking matters up with the provincial government and acquiring a special status for the school.
Vadonavic also suggested modelling after schools that have enriched programs, such as the International Baccalaureate program, as a possible alternative to closure.
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