As the Vancouver School Board prepares to announce a list of schools that could potentially be on the chopping block, the Surrey School Board made some cuts of its own Thursday night.
Trustees voted unanimously in favor of reducing the French Immersion program at École Woodward Hill.
Parent Cindy Dalglish says while siblings will be grandfathered in, an estimate shows those siblings will already take up most seats, leaving little room for others for next year’s intake.
“There’s 27 in the first year, they suspect. I would say for the next few years that’s a safe bet. And if the number of siblings becomes less than a full Kindergarten class, then it would be opened up through a lottery process”
The cut reduces the number of French Immersions Kindergarten classes from two to one beginning next year.
“The concern is that there is no consistency with programming”
Dalglish says the cut impacts the community on many levels.
“It alters the community, it alters the feel of the school. What used to be kind of 50/50 in terms of what types of programming was done in French as a school whole, when they did their assemblies, they would always try and alternate.”
The cut means as of next year French Immersion Kindergarten classes will be reduced from two to one.