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Ridgemount Grade 6s may switch to Cardinal Heights

Ridgemount Elementary School may no longer offer Grade 6 this fall to ease overcrowding as it makes room for all-day kindergarten.

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees are striking a committee to explore the possibility of shifting Grade 6 students from the Hester Street school to Cardinal Heights middle school to help fill empty seats there.

The students were already given the opportunity to go Cardinal Heights this year and 14 did so. Sixteen chose to stay put at Ridgemount.

Ellen Warling, manager of planning and accommodation, said the change cut overcrowding at Ridgemount, which now has 10 more students than its 250 capacity.

Cardinal Heights’ enrolment has meanwhile been boosted to 307, one less than the Bobolink Road school’s 308 capacity.

If the change is made permanent, Ridgemount will become a junior kindergarten to Grade 5 school, the same as Pauline Johnson and Linden Park.

Linden Park, located on Hummingbird Lane, began sending Grade 6 students to Cardinal Heights in 2008 as part of a grade reorganization that only received formal trustee approval this week.

Cardinal Heights will remain a grade 6 to 8 school and is projected to stay slightly below capacity through to 2022.

The four schools were among eight Hill Park Secondary School feeder schools that have twice been scheduled for school-closure studies that never took place. Trustees are expected to revisit the issue this year.

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