NLESD proposes possible closure of 7 schools for 2020 school year

At a public meeting Saturday, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District presented five school system reviews that could result in the closure of seven schools in June.

The NLESD issued notices of motion that outlined the proposed closures and reconfigurations of as many as 15 schools in western and central Newfoundland and on the Burin Peninsula.

A vote on each of the motions is expected to be held at a regular public meeting of the board on March 28, 2020.

"No decisions have yet been made with respect to these school system reviews," Board of Trustees Chair Goronwy Price said in a news release late Saturday.

"These notices of motion give formal notice to the school communities of the options being considered following initial review and consultation. Next steps involve further review and analysis and a further consultation with the school communities involved."

Price said separate public meetings will be held in communities where school closures are being considered prior to the vote in March.

Changes proposed

Among the proposed changes, St. Thomas Aquinas in Port au Port and Stephenville Elementary would both close in June, with students from St. Thomas Aquinas being rerouted to Stephenville Middle School.

Stephenville Middle School would be reconfigured to hold Grades 4 to 7, instead of Grades 6 to 8, and Stephenville High would take students in Grades 8 to 12.

Green Bay South Academy in Robert's Arm and Brian Peckford Primary in Triton would both close at the end of the school year, with those students going to a reconfigured Dorset Collegiate in Pilley's Island.

Charlottetown Primary would close in June, with students attending Glovertown Academy beginning in September.


Sandstone Academy in Ladle Cove is proposed to close at the end of the school year, with those students set to attend Phoenix Academy in Carmanville.

Two motions were put forward at Saturday's meeting regarding the Marystown Central High School System. The first would see the closure of Pearce Junior High in June, with Grade 8 and 9 students attending a reconfigured Marystown Central High holding Grades 8 to 12.

The second motion would see Sacred Heart Academy reconfigured to kindergarten to Grade 4 and Donald C. Jamieson Academy taking Grades 5 through 7. Students would attend the appropriate school in accordance with their grade level in September.

There was no word from the NLESD on when further consultation would begin.

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