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N.W.T. mishandling Yellowknife school swap: Range Lake MLA

Yellowknife MLA Daryl Dolynny says asking Yellowknife School District 1 to decide which school to offer to the francophone board has ‘pitted neighbourhood against neighbourhood, school against school, parent versus parent, student versus student and this has been wrong.’

YK1 facilities report has 'pitted neighbourhood against neighbourhood, school against school'

The MLA for Range Lake says the territorial government should not be leaving it up to a Yellowknife school board to find space for francophone students.

A court decision in 2012 ordered the N.W.T. government to build new gyms, laboratories and daycare facilities for French schools in the territory, including in Yellowknife.

Instead, the government proposed transferring one of Yellowknife School District 1's schools to the French board.

The board's facilities committee made recommendations that included closing one of its elementary schools, which would allow it to be given to the francophone board.

But Daryl Dolynny says the government is making the school board do its dirty work.

"The findings of this YK1 facilities report have now affected half the city of Yellowknife, have pitted neighbourhood against neighbourhood, school against school, parent versus parent, student versus student and this has been wrong."

YK1’s schools belong to the school board, not the N.W.T. government with the exception of Sir John Franklin.  

Education Minister Jackson Lafferty says it's up to the board to decide what to do with its infrastructure.

There's a YK1 meeting tonight at Range Lake North school to discuss the board's facilities.

A final decision is expected by Dec. 9.

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