Change of plans for Grand Falls-Windsor schools

Millcrest will remain open longer than anticipated

Krysta Carroll kys28@hotmail.com
Published on January 15, 2016

Original plans to close Millcrest Academy in Grand Falls-Windsor after this school year have been adjusted. 

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After rumblings began again throughout Grand Falls-Windsor, and parents began wondering the fate of their children’s school system, a note went home in some school bags Thursday.

The note signed by Bronson Collins, assistant director, programs-central with the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District was an update for parents on the planned reconfiguration of the Kindergarten to Grade 6 school system in Grand Falls-Windsor.

According to the letter, the changes in the multi-year planning process will kick start in the upcoming 2016-2017 school year, with a new catchment area, and a new school.

Catchment areas will serve Woodland Primary for grades Kindergarten to 3, Millcrest Academy for grades 4-6, and new catchment areas for the former regional office for Kindergarten to Grade 3, and Sprucewood Academy for grades 4-6.

French Immersion programming will be maintained in both catchment areas, the letter states.

The Board of Trustees passed a motion in March 2015 to reconfigure the catchment areas in Grand Falls-Windsor, after a public consultation process.

“The former regional office is currently being renovated to convert it back to a school building and will be ready for September 2016,” the letter states.

The plan is to eventually close Millcrest Academy, have Woodland Primary and the former regional office as Kindergarten to Grade 3 schools, all feeding into one Grade 4 to Grade 6 school, the current Sprucewood Academy.

However, according to the letter dated Jan. 14, 2016, Millcrest Academy will remain open until renovations are undertaken and completed on Sprucewood Academy.

Some of the parental whispers aren’t just around the change of schools and catchment areas, but surrounds child care, bussing and more.

Maps on the catchment areas, as well as information on the process, can be found at www.nlesd.ca/about/myp-grandfalls-windsor.jsp.

Despite several attempts to gain additional information about the announcement, the Advertiser was unable to secure an interview with school board officials. We will continue to follow the developing story and bring attention to concerns of local residents. If you have particular concerns and would like to address them publicly feel free to contact the editorial staff at 489-2162.