New French High School for HRM

Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)

May 15, 2007 1:00 PM

A second French high school planned for the Halifax/Bedford area means Acadian and francophone students in HRM will have more opportunities to complete their public school education in French.

Education Minister Karen Casey made the announcement at École Beaubassin, a grades Primary to 8 school in Halifax today, May 15, during Acadian and Francophone Education Week.

"I am very pleased to share this good news during this special week," said Ms. Casey. "After this school opens, about 300 students from grades 6 to 12 will have a new school where French-speaking students can continue their education in their mother tongue."

The new school, which could be occupied in September 2009, reflects the province's support for French first-language education in Nova Scotia.

The school will be part of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP), a provincewide school board that serves Nova Scotia's Acadian and francophone communities.

Enrolment in the Halifax-Bedford area has been increasing and the board has asked the Department of Education for a second high school to better accommodate local families.

"The addition of another French first-language high school in HRM will accomplish many things," said board chair Ken Gaudet. "It will make a high school education in French more attractive to students who are eligible to attend CSAP schools, especially those who live outside the metro core, and allow the CSAP to better meet its responsibilities towards all eligible families."

Currently, students from École Beaubassin and Dartmouth's École Bois-Joli graduate to École du Carrefour high school in Dartmouth.

"Building a new school will create new opportunities for Acadians and francophones studying in the Halifax metropolitan area,” said Acadian Affairs Minister Chris d'Entremont. "It is particularly fitting that we are making this announcement during Acadian and Francophone Education Week."

The province builds and renovates schools to provide students with safe and modern learning environments that prepare them for success and prosperity. School boards provide the Department of Education with construction and renovation priority lists, and a provincewide priority list is developed from the requests.

There are several steps before a new school opens:

-- The board will be asked to strike a site-selection team to recommend three potential locations for the new school.
-- The Department of Transportation and Public Works will examine the sites to determine the most appropriate site for the proposed school. This process includes an environmental assessment.
-- If the chosen site is not owned by the board, its purchase must be negotiated by the province.
-- Tenders must be let and awarded for architectural design and construction.

The school community will be consulted throughout the planning and construction process.

Conseil scolaire acadien provincial schools in Cheticamp, Greenwood, Sydney and Truro are at various stages of multi-year renovation projects. In January 2006, the Department of Education announced a replacement for École de la Rive-Sud in Blockhouse.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The province is granting a school board request for

a second French-language high school in H-R-M. The location of

the new school still to be determined.

     An estimated 300 students will attend the school when it

opens in September 2009.

     The Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (co-say sco-lair

aka-dyen pro-vin-say-al) says its enrolment is growing in H-R-M.

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Media Contact: Kevin Finch
              Department of Education
              902-424-3150
              E-mail: finchkh@gov.ns.ca

              Jennifer Bourque
              Office of Acadian Affairs
              902-424-8549
              E-mail: bourquja@gov.ns.ca

              Richard Landry
              Conseil scolaire acadien provincial
              902-769-5472
              E-mail: landryr@csap.ednet.ns.ca