Trustees say ‘oui’ to French immersion at Sherwood next fall

News Oct 01, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Staff still working out busing details, education director says

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees are sticking with plans to introduce French immersion at Sherwood Secondary School next September, but how out-of-catchment students will get there is still up in the air.

A staff review of a proposal to delay implementation by a year concluded the projected 97 Grade 9 students will be enough for a viable program and reduce overcrowding at Westdale, the only high school now offering French immersion.

Executive superintendent Pam Reinholdt said a transition committee will work out the details of the Sherwood program, including the type of busing to be provided to students from Mountain, Ancaster, Stoney Creek and other feeder schools.

She said enrolment in the two programs is expected to be roughly equal by the second year. There are presently 358 French immersion students at Westdale in grades 9 to 12, while Sherwood’s numbers are projected to reach 329 by September 2017.

Reinholdt said to keep families together, siblings of students enrolled in French immersion at Westdale will likely be able to go there as well “if there is room.”

“Anyone who’s just starting off, that family for Grade 9 will go to Sherwood,” she said.

Alex Johnstone, trustee for wards 11 and 12, said she’s excited by the creation of the transition committee, to include board, teacher and parent representatives from affected schools.

She said she’s had lots of questions about the Sherwood program, particularly from Ancaster parents who were promised the board would provide a school bus.

Education director John Malloy said staff is still studying “the most effective way to move students in the least amount of time with the least amount of disruptions,” which could include a city bus.

He acknowledged the board “did explicitly state” that it would offer a yellow bus and is still exploring that option.

“When we offered a choice, some of our students want an HSR pass; they don’t want a yellow bus,” Malloy said, citing a recent resolution to a busing dispute at MacNab.

“When that emerged, we said we’ve got more work to do here, listening to students, listening to families, working with the city and working with our transportation consortium.”

Trustees say ‘oui’ to French immersion at Sherwood next fall

News Oct 01, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Staff still working out busing details, education director says

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees are sticking with plans to introduce French immersion at Sherwood Secondary School next September, but how out-of-catchment students will get there is still up in the air.

A staff review of a proposal to delay implementation by a year concluded the projected 97 Grade 9 students will be enough for a viable program and reduce overcrowding at Westdale, the only high school now offering French immersion.

Executive superintendent Pam Reinholdt said a transition committee will work out the details of the Sherwood program, including the type of busing to be provided to students from Mountain, Ancaster, Stoney Creek and other feeder schools.

She said enrolment in the two programs is expected to be roughly equal by the second year. There are presently 358 French immersion students at Westdale in grades 9 to 12, while Sherwood’s numbers are projected to reach 329 by September 2017.

Reinholdt said to keep families together, siblings of students enrolled in French immersion at Westdale will likely be able to go there as well “if there is room.”

“Anyone who’s just starting off, that family for Grade 9 will go to Sherwood,” she said.

Alex Johnstone, trustee for wards 11 and 12, said she’s excited by the creation of the transition committee, to include board, teacher and parent representatives from affected schools.

She said she’s had lots of questions about the Sherwood program, particularly from Ancaster parents who were promised the board would provide a school bus.

Education director John Malloy said staff is still studying “the most effective way to move students in the least amount of time with the least amount of disruptions,” which could include a city bus.

He acknowledged the board “did explicitly state” that it would offer a yellow bus and is still exploring that option.

“When we offered a choice, some of our students want an HSR pass; they don’t want a yellow bus,” Malloy said, citing a recent resolution to a busing dispute at MacNab.

“When that emerged, we said we’ve got more work to do here, listening to students, listening to families, working with the city and working with our transportation consortium.”

Trustees say ‘oui’ to French immersion at Sherwood next fall

News Oct 01, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

Staff still working out busing details, education director says

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board trustees are sticking with plans to introduce French immersion at Sherwood Secondary School next September, but how out-of-catchment students will get there is still up in the air.

A staff review of a proposal to delay implementation by a year concluded the projected 97 Grade 9 students will be enough for a viable program and reduce overcrowding at Westdale, the only high school now offering French immersion.

Executive superintendent Pam Reinholdt said a transition committee will work out the details of the Sherwood program, including the type of busing to be provided to students from Mountain, Ancaster, Stoney Creek and other feeder schools.

She said enrolment in the two programs is expected to be roughly equal by the second year. There are presently 358 French immersion students at Westdale in grades 9 to 12, while Sherwood’s numbers are projected to reach 329 by September 2017.

Reinholdt said to keep families together, siblings of students enrolled in French immersion at Westdale will likely be able to go there as well “if there is room.”

“Anyone who’s just starting off, that family for Grade 9 will go to Sherwood,” she said.

Alex Johnstone, trustee for wards 11 and 12, said she’s excited by the creation of the transition committee, to include board, teacher and parent representatives from affected schools.

She said she’s had lots of questions about the Sherwood program, particularly from Ancaster parents who were promised the board would provide a school bus.

Education director John Malloy said staff is still studying “the most effective way to move students in the least amount of time with the least amount of disruptions,” which could include a city bus.

He acknowledged the board “did explicitly state” that it would offer a yellow bus and is still exploring that option.

“When we offered a choice, some of our students want an HSR pass; they don’t want a yellow bus,” Malloy said, citing a recent resolution to a busing dispute at MacNab.

“When that emerged, we said we’ve got more work to do here, listening to students, listening to families, working with the city and working with our transportation consortium.”