Sandspit students want to attend QCSS

  • Jul. 6, 2011 5:00 p.m.

It looks like there won’t be many high school students attending Sandspit’s A.L. Mathers next year. At the June 28 school board meeting, superintendent Angus Wilson told the board that he and trustee Christine Martynuik had met with Sandspit parents the previous week. They heard that four out of the five Sandspit students going into grade 8 or 9 want to attend Queen Charlotte Secondary next year, rather than ALM. That leaves only one junior secondary student for the Sandspit school. ALM offers grades kindergarten to 9. Mr. Wilson said the Sandspit parents understand that the board won’t be providing transportation assistance for the grade 8 and 9 students going to QCSS, but the students want to go there anyway. The decision won’t affect staffing at ALM this year, Mr. Wilson said, but there will be implications if the trend continues. In the past, Sandspit has lobbied for the small school to keep offering a grade 8 and 9 program. Trustees will have to decide in future years whether to keep offering those grades if most of the students would rather attend the Queen Charlotte school.