Chedoke school to take Ancaster Meadow overflow

News Jan 15, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

A population explosion in Ancaster’s Meadowlands will see an estimated 100 students shift to Chedoke Elementary School on the west Mountain until a new school is built.

Chedoke principal Priscilla Mochrie said her Bendamere Avenue school will accommodate the students in two empty classrooms and two others now used only to teach French.

French will instead be taught in regular classrooms, avoiding the need to add portable classrooms for the Ancaster students, who will return to their area once the new school opens in September 2016.

“We’ll make it work,” Mochrie said after a public meeting at Ancaster Meadow, the Meadowlands only existing public elementary school, on proposed school boundaries for the new school.

West Mountain trustee Wes Hicks said he expects Chedoke to add 20 to 25 Ancaster students between now and the end of June, and believes the school can accommodate about 120 extra if necessary.

Chedoke had 517 students as of Oct. 31, below a listed capacity of 567, and is scheduled for a closure review in the fall of 2016 along with eight other west Mountain schools.

“The key to this proposal for the staff and the parents at Chedoke is that once the new school opens, then those students are going back to the new school, so I think it’s a good situation,” Hicks said. “We’re not that far away.”

Michael Prendergast, superintendent for Chedoke, said the school has received several upgrades since an April 2012 fire caused $250,000 damage and he’s confident it can handle up to 150 more students.

“It’s not going to disrupt the community or cause the programs to change,” he said. “It is a temporary solution just until the new school is built.”

Robert Fex, a senior school board planner, said the interim transfer of students is necessary because Ancaster Meadow is stretched beyond its 584 capacity, requiring 12 portables to accommodate 907 students.

The new $9.2-million school, to be built north of Garner Road East by Raymond Road, is expected to initially have 400 students but exceed its 450 capacity by 85 within three years, he said.

Fex said the board is seeking funding to add “a few more classrooms” to the new school, but if it’s unsuccessful, scheduling of classes and programs can help minimize the impact of over-capacity enrolments.

Chedoke school to take Ancaster Meadow overflow

News Jan 15, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

A population explosion in Ancaster’s Meadowlands will see an estimated 100 students shift to Chedoke Elementary School on the west Mountain until a new school is built.

Chedoke principal Priscilla Mochrie said her Bendamere Avenue school will accommodate the students in two empty classrooms and two others now used only to teach French.

French will instead be taught in regular classrooms, avoiding the need to add portable classrooms for the Ancaster students, who will return to their area once the new school opens in September 2016.

“We’ll make it work,” Mochrie said after a public meeting at Ancaster Meadow, the Meadowlands only existing public elementary school, on proposed school boundaries for the new school.

West Mountain trustee Wes Hicks said he expects Chedoke to add 20 to 25 Ancaster students between now and the end of June, and believes the school can accommodate about 120 extra if necessary.

Chedoke had 517 students as of Oct. 31, below a listed capacity of 567, and is scheduled for a closure review in the fall of 2016 along with eight other west Mountain schools.

“The key to this proposal for the staff and the parents at Chedoke is that once the new school opens, then those students are going back to the new school, so I think it’s a good situation,” Hicks said. “We’re not that far away.”

Michael Prendergast, superintendent for Chedoke, said the school has received several upgrades since an April 2012 fire caused $250,000 damage and he’s confident it can handle up to 150 more students.

“It’s not going to disrupt the community or cause the programs to change,” he said. “It is a temporary solution just until the new school is built.”

Robert Fex, a senior school board planner, said the interim transfer of students is necessary because Ancaster Meadow is stretched beyond its 584 capacity, requiring 12 portables to accommodate 907 students.

The new $9.2-million school, to be built north of Garner Road East by Raymond Road, is expected to initially have 400 students but exceed its 450 capacity by 85 within three years, he said.

Fex said the board is seeking funding to add “a few more classrooms” to the new school, but if it’s unsuccessful, scheduling of classes and programs can help minimize the impact of over-capacity enrolments.

Chedoke school to take Ancaster Meadow overflow

News Jan 15, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

A population explosion in Ancaster’s Meadowlands will see an estimated 100 students shift to Chedoke Elementary School on the west Mountain until a new school is built.

Chedoke principal Priscilla Mochrie said her Bendamere Avenue school will accommodate the students in two empty classrooms and two others now used only to teach French.

French will instead be taught in regular classrooms, avoiding the need to add portable classrooms for the Ancaster students, who will return to their area once the new school opens in September 2016.

“We’ll make it work,” Mochrie said after a public meeting at Ancaster Meadow, the Meadowlands only existing public elementary school, on proposed school boundaries for the new school.

West Mountain trustee Wes Hicks said he expects Chedoke to add 20 to 25 Ancaster students between now and the end of June, and believes the school can accommodate about 120 extra if necessary.

Chedoke had 517 students as of Oct. 31, below a listed capacity of 567, and is scheduled for a closure review in the fall of 2016 along with eight other west Mountain schools.

“The key to this proposal for the staff and the parents at Chedoke is that once the new school opens, then those students are going back to the new school, so I think it’s a good situation,” Hicks said. “We’re not that far away.”

Michael Prendergast, superintendent for Chedoke, said the school has received several upgrades since an April 2012 fire caused $250,000 damage and he’s confident it can handle up to 150 more students.

“It’s not going to disrupt the community or cause the programs to change,” he said. “It is a temporary solution just until the new school is built.”

Robert Fex, a senior school board planner, said the interim transfer of students is necessary because Ancaster Meadow is stretched beyond its 584 capacity, requiring 12 portables to accommodate 907 students.

The new $9.2-million school, to be built north of Garner Road East by Raymond Road, is expected to initially have 400 students but exceed its 450 capacity by 85 within three years, he said.

Fex said the board is seeking funding to add “a few more classrooms” to the new school, but if it’s unsuccessful, scheduling of classes and programs can help minimize the impact of over-capacity enrolments.