Academic excellence assurances provided despite change: council chair

Cory Hurley
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Parents of children attending St. Gerard’s appear to be trusting school administration that the level of education at the elementary will not be altered next year.

It is likely the school, which is expected to have 105 students, will abolish its homeroom teacher system and adopt a setting whereby teachers would teach multiple classes in a particular subject area.

School council chair Stephanie Buckle said administration is the experts in the delivery of education, and they should be trusted in doing so.

“We were informed through Bill (Chaisson, principal) that academics will not be affected and will be a top priority as always,” she said.

Buckle would not comment any further on it.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District confirmed via email that discussions are being held to alter the school’s approach to education to focus more on specialized instruction than the traditional homeroom approach for elementary schools.

It is not uncommon in schools, particularly those of smaller enrolment, and allows teachers to specialize in certain areas.

“In essence, a teacher who has a concentration of knowledge base in language arts would teach students language arts while a teacher with a concentration in mathematics would teach those courses,” the email stated.

While this is not typical of elementary classes, it is common practice for junior high and high schools.

The spokesperson clarified this system is specifically being considered for St. Gerard’s Elementary in Corner Brook. It is not a provincial or district discussion.

The district will continue to inform the school community as plans are finalized, according to the email.

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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