Saskatchewan

2 Regina schools considered for closure

Two low-enrolment Regina elementary schools — Haultain and Dieppe — could possibly close their doors in Regina at the end of the school year.

Two low-enrolment Regina elementary schools — Haultain and Dieppe — could possibly close their doors in Regina at the end of the school year.

A recommendation to consider closing the schools was part of a report submitted to the Regina public school board Tuesday night.

While the school board likes its schools to have 200 to 400 students, Haultain had 79 last year and Dieppe had 109.  

The report says enrolments at the two are expected to stay low for a number of years.

However, Dawn Popescul, who has two children at Dieppe, thinks the system could do more to keep the numbers up.

"I think the school board could do a better job of working with the school and the community to try and put in programs, before and after school programs, or whatever it is that school needs to attract students," she said.

But Barbara Young, the chair of the board, said bringing families to a neighbourhood is not her job.

"We have a mandate and a budget for educating," Young said. "We don't have a mandate or a budget for going out and trying to entice people to move into different areas of the city. That's not our job."

The board will consider the staff report later this month. If the recommendation to close Dieppe and Haultain is approved, they could close next June.

No final decisions about school closures will be made until January.