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Lockview family of schools being reorganized to make way for pre-primary

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As the Nova Scotia government carries out the implementation of free pre-primary education there is concern schools are not equipped with the room to accommodate the growth in student enrolment. – Feb 12, 2020

Grades schools in the Beaver Bank, N.S., area will have a new look next year to make way for the province’s pre-primary program.

In a notice to parents issued on Tuesday, Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) confirmed there will be changes coming to Beaver Bank-Monarch Driver Elementary, Beaver Bank-Kinsac Elementary and Harold T. Barrett Junior High.

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Both elementary schools will configure from a P-Grade 6 school to a pre-primary to Grade 5. The junior high school will now include sixth graders.

Lockview High School will continue to accommodate students in grades 9 to 12.

The changes will go into effect starting in September 2020.

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“The reorganizing will provide Grade 6 students with additional opportunities to access specialized (and often larger) spaces like the gymnasium, cafeteria and family studies room,” Elwin LeRoux, HRCE regional executive director of education, said in a letter to parents and guardians.

“Between now and the end of the school year, staff from the HRCE will work with your School Advisory Council and school communities to plan a smooth transition.”

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Last week, Premier Stephen McNeil announced the final rollout of the universal pre-primary program for the remaining 48 school communities across the province.

The plan will see 31 of those programs implemented in school communities in the HRCE map.

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Parents and opposition critics have recently voiced concerns about how the final pieces will be put into place, with many saying classrooms are ill-equipped to accommodate additional students.

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Nova Scotia Education Minister says additional infrastructure like property will need to be purchased, as well as additional renovations to some schools.

With files from Jesse Thomas. 

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