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Stop Over-Populating École Herbert Spencer Elementary School 2012

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As was said LAST year when the SAME proposal was presented:  

"Please note that this petition is not intended to be a condemnation of our school district's Program of Choice tracks, but rather the issue of unnecessarily over-populating Herbert Spencer Elementary School. 

Premise Behind Petition:
This petition is to provide our School District and Board of Trustees with a mandate to avoid further over-populating Herbert Spencer Elementary School and use the existing facility resources for the benefit of the community and the majority of our students. The New Westminster School District Board of Trustees is considering a proposal to add an additional full class of students to Herbert Spencer Elementary School in September of 2012. This additional "One-Time" 2nd Early French Immersion Kindergarten Class of would consist of students from outside the normal Herbert Spencer Elementary School neighbourhood catchment. Adding more students, who could be supported by the community schools in the neighbourhoods where they live, will adversely affect access and availability to our community school’s facilities and resources for its existing students and our children. The current students of Herbert Spencer Elementary School already have limited and inadequate access to the resources and educational experiences expected from a neighbourhood community school, as well as those that are actually mandated by the Ministry of Education."  There are 54 ministry designated children at Spencer that would have the opportunity to benefit from the space that would be allocated for this extra class. "Adding more students to the Herbert Spencer Elementary School site unnecessarily, which already has not been constructed or intended to hold even the current population it has (i.e. the modular buildings taking up a large portion of the play area), will further reduce our children's access to the limited resources and learning opportunities. By signing this petition, I attest that; I do not support the proposal to further increase the student population at Herbert Spencer Elementary School, due to the establishment of a 2nd Early French Immersion Kindergarten Class from which the majority of students reside outside the normal Herbert Spencer Elementary School neighbourhood catchment. I request that Herbert Spencer Elementary School’s facilities and resources be used to provide the needed and necessary educational and community services that our families require, such as; more uncongested playground space, additional gymnasium and physical recreation space and time, increased computer lab access and availability, restoration of onsite before and after school child care, and a school district that focuses on the needs and best interests of ALL of its students."


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