King's Point families make case for high school classes
Families in a small community on Newfoundland's northeast coast have been given some hope their school will retain its high school program in the fall.
More than 100 King's Point students and parents crowded into a meeting Tuesday night, to press their concerns about high school students being bused to Springdale. Parents said moving the classes will mean an extra commute of about 50 kilometres.
The Nova Central School District approved moving the classes two years ago, to deal with declining enrolments across its largely rural area.
Director Cindy Fleet told the meeting, however, that a reprieve could be found, if the board can find enough teaching positions to maintain a high school program at Valmont Academy.
She noted the Newfoundland and Labrador government is reviewing teacher allocations.
"I certainly have put some trust in government in striking this allocation review commission, and that they will do a good job at the end of the day," Fleet told the meeting.
"I think there is every reason to be optimistic."
Fleet said the review should be completed within several weeks, and that she would return to King's Point to inform parents and students of the school district's plans.
Families were unanimous in calling for retention of the high school program.
"I think we should do everything we can to keep our students here in King's Point," said parent Peter Gillingham.
"There's not one thing at Valmont Academy after school that I'm not involved in," said student Stacey Stuckless, whose parents already drive about 30 kilometres from their home in Harry's Harbour when shetakes part inextracurricular activities.
"It bugs her [now], so imagine her having to come pick me up in Springdale."