Nova Scotia

Bedford junior high students off to C.P. Allen

Hundreds of junior high school students in the Bedford area will attend school at the current Charles P. Allen High School site starting in the fall, the Halifax Regional School Board decided Wednesday night.

Approximately 600 students will be at Charles P. Allen High School site

Junior high school students will be sent to the Charles P. Allen High School site, which will soon be vacant. (CBC)

Hundreds of junior high school students in the Bedford area will attend school at the current Charles P. Allen High School site starting in the fall, the Halifax Regional School Board decided Wednesday night.

The members of the Halifax Regional School Board voted unanimously to move about 370 students from Bedford Junior High School and about 230 students in Grades 7 to 9 at Bedford South School to the Charles P. Allen High School site.

That site is expected to be vacant by September when the new high school currently under construction is complete.

Wednesday night's decision was two years in the making. While the plan last year was to move students from Bedford Junior High and Bedford South School, the Halifax Regional School Board announced in a rare reversal that it wouldn't move students at all.

The plan then came back on the table and has been hotly debated since.

Many parents of students at Bedford Junior High School favoured the move and said they were eager to get their children out of the 50-year-old building.

Parents at Bedford South School — currently a primary to Grade 9 school — were divided on the debate.

Some said moving the students was too big a change and expressed concerns about whether enough resources to cope with student issues would be in place at a large junior high school. Others saw Charles P. Allen as a solution to overcrowding at the building.

A boundary review started in September 2011 found Bedford South School was built to hold 540 students, but had over 700 pupils. It used three portable classrooms to hold the excess students.

There will be approximately 600 students at the Charles P. Allen site when the junior high students from both schools are combined.

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