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Dual programs proposed for Timberlands school

Red Deer Public School District’s newest school would offer both English instruction and French immersion, if a staff recommendation is approved on Wednesday.

Following community input, administration is suggesting to the board trustees that the school in Timberlands could work as a dual track program.

The English program would serve families from the communities of Clearview Extension, Clearview Ridge, College Park, Garden Heights, Timberlands and Timberstone, as well as Vanier Woods and Vanier East.

Elementary students who are in the French immersion program and who live east of 30th Avenue would also attend the Timberlands school.

Administration also recommends that students within the Gateway Christian School’s alternative program go to River Glen School.

Students of the Spanish bilingual program at G.H. Dawe Community School would be designated to the Gateway Christian School in the Pines neighbourhood.

The changes would take place in September 2014, when the new school opens.

The school would have an initial capacity of 500 students with the potential to expand to 600 students.

Following approval, the accommodations committee will continue its work on how to best implement the new boundaries.

This will include looking at busing, grandfathering provisions as well as plans for welcoming students and families who are making transitions to new schools.

Further details will be shared in the spring.



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