School swap proposed for Hay River, N.W.T.
Switching École Boréale and Harry Camsell would satisfy French education court ruling
The Hay River District Education Authority says the GNWT is proposing students from French-language ÉcoleBoréale swap places with students from the English-language Harry Camsell school.
The Hay River DEA says this move would satisfy a court ruling that the French program in Hay River needs more space. That includes a gymnasium, recreational space, home economics and potentially some space for woodworking and shop.
Students from École Boréale would change places with students at Harry Camsell Elementary, along with some students at Princess Alexandra.
Terence Courtoreille, chair of the Hay River District Education Authority, says the idea of the school swap is still just a concept.
"We have a really good working relationship with the French association," he said. "But as we go forward, the Hay River DEA is going to have to consider how this affects the English program and how it affects our students and this will be the priority as we take this file forward."
Courtoreille says the GNWT still needs to answer a lot of questions about how a swap would work.
A meeting on the matter is planned for January with the deputy minister of Education, Culture and Employment.