Lockview family of schools being reorganized to make way for pre-primary

Grades schools in the Beaver Bank, N.S., area will have a new look next year to make way for the province’s pre-primary program.

In a notice to parents issued on Tuesday, Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) confirmed there will be changes coming to Beaver Bank-Monarch Driver Elementary, Beaver Bank-Kinsac Elementary and Harold T. Barrett Junior High.

Both elementary schools will configure from a P-Grade 6 school to a pre-primary to Grade 5. The junior high school will now include sixth graders.

Lockview High School will continue to accommodate students in grades 9 to 12.

The changes will go into effect starting in September 2020.

“The reorganizing will provide Grade 6 students with additional opportunities to access specialized (and often larger) spaces like the gymnasium, cafeteria and family studies room,” Elwin LeRoux, HRCE regional executive director of education, said in a letter to parents and guardians.

“Between now and the end of the school year, staff from the HRCE will work with your School Advisory Council and school communities to plan a smooth transition.”

Last week, Premier Stephen McNeil announced the final rollout of the universal pre-primary program for the remaining 48 school communities across the province.

The plan will see 31 of those programs implemented in school communities in the HRCE map.

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