"I don't think anyone would debate the benefit of the program," said Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Carey Laviolette, who presented the merger to School Board members this week.
Consolidating the program in a single location is essential for its preservation and continuation and to provide the same quality of instruction the program offers students, Laviolette
Merging of the programs is necessary to improve instruction, she
One reason Laviolette gave for the merger is what she
described as an attrition rate in grades five and six, a normal loss of students due to circumstances such as the increase in extracurricular activity and additional student responsibilities for that age group.
"It will help with the cultural and instructional barriers the French Immersion teachers come with," Laviolette
As for the question of increased travel time for the relocating Daspit Elementary students, Laviolette
assured the board that would not be a problem.
"Mr. Noel assures us the way the busses run there will only be a couple of streets extra added, and he doesn't see that being a problem," Laviolette