June 13, 2005
Bishop�s Falls update
Education Minister Tom Hedderson has had the
opportunity over the past several weeks to meet with citizens in the Bishops
Falls region concerning the K-12 education system in that community and is
pleased that the school board and the school and community representatives are
meeting on this issue later this week.
"I have met with concerned parents, school council representatives, students and
other stakeholders about the future of the Bishops Falls� school system," said
Minister Hedderson. "I have engaged community representatives on a number of
occasions and heard their concerns. Additionally, I have looked at current
enrolment figures, as well as projections for future enrolment and the existing
school infrastructure in the community.
"I am confident that a K-12 school system is appropriate and feasible for
Bishops Falls as a separate system from Grand Falls-Windsor. As a result, I have
asked the Nova Central School Board to re-examine options for maintaining this
separate system," said the minister.
Minister Hedderson looks forward to meeting again with all stakeholders,
including community representatives and the school board, as they continue their
efforts to configure the K-12 system within the community of Bishops Falls.
Media contact: Nora Daly, Communications, (709) 729-1906 or 728-2819
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