Living Sky to consolidate Cut Knife schools

From battlefordsNOW
September 14, 2018 - 12:00pm

Living Sky School Division has confirmed its high school and elementary school in Cut Knife will be consolidating into one school building in the future.

The elementary school building eventually will be closing, so both the elementary and high school level students will have their classes in the high school building.

Director of Education Brenda Vickers discussed the changes following Wednesday's board meeting.

"For Cut Knife, their School Community Council voted to combine their two schools," she said. "So we're consolidating the schools right now. Work has already begun in some of the second-floor classrooms. For the next school year we are hoping if we stay on track that all of the kids will attend a renovated high school. I think there is a lot of excitement about that."

The division previously noted there has been reduced enrolment at the high school level, when the board met in December. Cut Knife high school currently has 91 students enrolled, a decrease from last year's count of 105. The elementary school has 121 students enrolled at this time, about on par with last year when it had 122 students enrolled.

Operating and maintenance costs are an issue also as both schools required upgrades. Having all the students housed in the one school building will be more cost-efficient.

Vickers said the work has started on the project to upgrade the high school building and prepare for the changes. The division hopes to have the elementary students move to the high school building at the start of the next school year, in September 2019.

Vickers said the high school is a good-sized building that is in proper shape.

She said prior to the decision, the school division sat down and worked with the Cut Knife School Community Council and also had a meeting with the community.

"The work is started. We hope to have some students over there next year," Vickers added. 


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