School District 73 to consult with Barriere parents about possibly moving grade 7 to high school

The Board of Education approved a motion last Monday to explore the possibility of moving grade 7 students from elementary schools to secondary schools starting next school year, following consultation with parents. The option is being explored as a way to provide grade 7 students earlier access to secondary-level programs such as shops, as well as other specialty areas and counselling. The proposal is being considered for students in Chase, Barriere and Clearwater. The move would also allow elementary schools a chance to explore ways to best use school space for the benefit of kindergarten to grade 6 students. SD73 Trustees agreed no changes would be made without proper consultation with parents in the communities being considered. A consultation schedule, which will include meetings with parents, trustees and SD73 staff, is being planned for January.