March 13, 2010
QUISPAMSIS (CNB) - An agreement will be finalized soon that will enable Grade 2 students in the Kennebecasis Valley to attend a satellite classroom in Quispamsis starting in September, Education Minister Roland Haché announced today. The satellite classroom will be part of the Centre scolaire Samuel-de-Champlain in Saint John.
"The provincial government has begun negotiations to respond to parents' requests to add a satellite classroom in Quispamsis for francophone Grade 2 students from the Kennebecasis Valley," Haché said. "This will be in addition to the other two satellite classrooms already in place for kindergarten and Grade 1 students."
Haché made the announcement following discussions with a parents' committee, School District 1, and the district education council, and an assessment of the premises. The new satellite classroom, able to accommodate 21 students, will fill all the space available at the Happy Clown Day Care Ltd. in Quispamsis for the cohort of children in kindergarten to Grade 2.
Marc Mathurin, president of the Kennebecasis Valley Parent's Committee, welcomed the announcement.
"We are delighted to see a Grade 2 satellite class added to the Kennebecasis Valley," he said. "Our parent's group has been lobbying for a francophone school in the valley and views this news as a very good sign on the part of the New Brunswick government. We are encouraged by each additional classroom we obtain."
Ernest Thibodeau, chair of the District 1 Education Council, was also pleased with the announcement.
"This news will certainly have a positive effect on francophone and bicultural families in the Kennebecasis Valley," Thibodeau said. "It will also add to the spirit of celebration that will predominate at the official opening of Provincial French Pride Week, which for the first time, will be held at the Centre scolaire Samuel-de-Champlain in Saint John. The opening will be held on Monday, March 15."
Since 2006, the Department of Education has funded many projects for modernizing or building to accommodate the growing population in District 1. These include: the new Carrefour de l'Acadie school and Sainte-Thérèse school, both in Dieppe; l'École des Bâtisseurs in Fredericton; and the expansion of the Centre scolaire Samuel-de-Champlain in Saint John. Planning has also started for the new kindergarten to Grade 8 school P3 project in Moncton North.
MEDIA CONTACT: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Education, 506-453-3085.