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Update: Kanata North schools

Over the past few years, the parent community – including Stephen Leacock Parent Council – and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) have been working in collaboration in order to resolve the overcrowding of schools in Kanata North.

The OCDSB has completed due diligence to be able to purchase land for a new Kindergarten-Grade 6 dual track (English and Early French Immersion/EFI) school on Second Line, on the edge of Morgan’s Grant. The Board is hopeful that it will be able to announce the purchase of this land soon. However, a new school will not be ready to open for the fall of 2015.

Construction is well under way for the intermediate (Gr 7-8) addition to Earl of March High School. This will open in September 2015.

In the meantime, the OCDSB has also been carefully reviewing enrollment numbers in Kanata North schools, and in particular enrollment trends for the English program and Early French Immersion (EFI).
What this means for fall 2015:
-As previously approved and scheduled, Grade 7 and 8 students will begin attending Earl of March High School. There will no longer be an intermediate program at Stephen Leacock.
Until the site for the new Kanata North school is secured and there is a construction start-date, the OCDSB is proposing the following interim measures:

– * Stephen Leacock will be a Grade 1-6 single-track Early French Immersion School (EFI) for the 2015-2016 school year

– *Junior and senior kindergarten students from the SLPS boundary would continue to be directed to Roland Michener P.S. for September 2015
* These proposals by the OCDSB will be voted on by the Board in early 2015, after public consultation.
For questions, please contact our Kanata Trustee, Christine Boothby (christine.boothby@ocdsb.ca).
-Mary Vincent
Stephen Leacock Parent Council co-chair
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