Nearly 250 students will have to make the choice between continuing on the path to becoming bilingual, or staying at their current school.
Thursday night saw a vote from Surrey School Trustees that will move Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary’s French Immersion program to a new school, Salish Secondary, slated to open in 2018.
Parent and PAC vice president Jennifer Doerksen explains it’s due to over capacity, but that problem isn’t going away.
“The projections for Salish school are that it will be over capacity within five to seven years of opening. When we said ‘does that mean they’re going to have to move French again in another five to seven years?,’ They said yes.”
“They’re not sustainable programs if they can’t get an stability, they can’t get any stability because our city is being developed at an outrageous rate. If the schools were coming as fast as the buildings were coming, everything would be fine.”
French Immersion falls under the label of “choice” program, which are the first to be moved from overcrowded schools.
Doerksen says of the 246 immersion students at Lord Tweedsmuir, about twenty to thirty per cent say they’ll have to drop the program to stay closer to home.