School’s attendance options dismissed

Two more proposals to resuscitate Satinwood School’s slipping student population have been dismissed by Wolf Creek Public Schools.

  • Jul. 11, 2013 10:00 a.m.

BY AMELIA NAISMITH

Ponoka News

Two more proposals to resuscitate Satinwood School’s slipping student population have been dismissed by Wolf Creek Public Schools.

Superintendent Larry Jacobs attended the school’s last general meeting to discuss the proposals.

The first involved running a Christian curriculum through the school. However, Jacobs was convinced a blended program wouldn’t be favoured by those already attending a single focused faith-based school, and running the dual curriculum amounted to twice the teachers and wasn’t practical.

The second proposal would allow students of home-based schooling programs to register under the school’s name.

Registering under Satinwood would change the structure of the home schooling program.

Students would be required to write sanctioned tests, such as the Provincial Achievement Tests, which they are not mandated to do.

With the school year just finished, Wolf Creek Public Schools can’t determine how many students will attend Satinwood next year but the board will have a good idea on numbers by September.

“The board could move toward closing the school,” said Jacobs. It that were the board’s decision it wouldn’t happen during the 2013/14 year.

By October, depending on the school’s population, the school board could make a decision whether to investigate the closure process.

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