The French immersion program at Skidegate’s Sk’aadgaa Naay Elementary is being shuttered despite opposition from parents.
Andrea Wilhelm has children attending the school, and says School District 50 decided to discontinue the program without any warning.
She says there are enough students enrolled in the program and wanting to enter the program next year that it shouldn’t be shut down.
Wilhelm adds that at meeting on Monday, the school board had to rescind it’s previous decision to discontinue to program because it violated its own policies on public consultation.
She says the parents will be expressing their opposition to discontinuing the program.
Wilhelm adds it shouldn’t be an issue of funding, saying the program is federally funded, and if anything, the school district will be losing money.
The French immersion program at the school also includes Haida language, and Wilhelm says the children are becoming proficient in English, French, and Haida.
Elizabeth Condrotte, the chair of the school district, declined to comment until after the board drafts a new policy that’ll be presented on June 28th.