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Grandfather Out of Boundary Students at Langevin Science School

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On March 1st 2017, the Calgary Board of education announced the expansion of the science program currently offered at Langevin and Louis Riel. This expansion is very welcomed as demand for the program has grown each year since its inception. The new program is to be housed in the existing schools at Valley View for students in grades K-5 and at Ian Bazalgette for grades 6-7 with grades 8-9 to be offered in subsequent years.

In making this decision the School Board held an online survey for parents regarding their interest in the Science program. Additionally, they looked at the current enrollment numbers at Langevin School from communities in Area III. As demand for the program has grown, students getting into the program from Area III has declined, but interest has not. In order to open the program up and increase the numbers of enrollment the decision was made to open the program up at the aforementioned schools located in Calgary's southeast community of Dover.

While much of the change equals positivity for Calgary students overall, the decision to move children currently attending Langevin who are located in the new boundaries is unwelcome. Children who have attended Langevin for years are being uprooted against their parents wishes, against the choices that parents made for their children. As a result we are circulating this petition in order to bring attention to this upheaval of families, routines, and structures without consideration of the needs of the families involved.

There is a clear understanding of the need for the programs expansion. The ability for more students to have the opportunity to attend a wonderful program is unquestionably a good and necessary change, but not to the detriment of the students and families who have become part of a community at Langevin School. Families who have supported the Langevin School and community of Bridgeland through fundraising, community involvement, time and volunteering. The mural project was worked on by all the students in the school at the time of its construction. They worked on and celebrated its completion as an act of belonging, an act of school and community pride, children go up and down the steps knowing that they are a part of Langevin and Langevin is a part of them. Please sign this petition in hopes of having these families voices heard, and that these children can continue to feel at home in the school that they love.

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