Parents upset over proposed school re-zoning in Brossard
Published Monday, October 28, 2013 10:10PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 29, 2013 8:30AM EDT
BROSSARD -- Some parents are upset their children may have to change schools after a South Shore school board proposal to re-zone four schools.
The re-zoning effort by the Riverside School Board is being proposed to accommodate increased enrolment in a section of Brossard that comes with new housing developments, especially near Quartier DIX30.
Enrolment is surging at nearby Harold Napper School as a result.
“We think it’s a good time and a good opportunity to look at whether we are maximizing all of our schools,” said Riverside School Board director general Sylvain Racette.
Currently, Harold Napper and St-Lambert schools are over recommended capacity, while St-Jude Elementary in Greenfield Park and Good Shepherd in Brossard are lagging behind.
The Riverside School Board has presented five scenarios hoping to even out the populations.
“Right now what we've presented are only springboards for discussion,” said Racette.
Many parents, however, don't like where the discussion is going and don't understand why changes need to be made.
“As far as we were told, St-Lambert Elementary was not overpopulated. We're in a school that, according to the principal, is functioning well,” said parent Angela Depani.
Depani and Ken Yamasaki’s children Sarah and Gabriel are starting a new school year in a new house, but when purchasing the home, made sure not to move out of the St-Lambert Elementary School zone. Turns out they’re now on the wrong side of the proposed boundaries.
“We're part of that community now, so we don't want to leave that behind and move on to another school,” said Yamasaki. “It's not a decision we could have considered.”
Parents will have a chance to learn more about the proposed re-zoning when
The Riverside School Board will hold public consultations about the re-zoning proposal in November.
It hopes to pass a resolution on the new boundaries in time for January registration.