Alt. ed. program to close Walker building

The Rainy River District School Board has decided to close the building housing part of its alternative education program on Walker Avenue, but the students there will be able to continue following the program elsewhere.
“The number of students attending has declined to the point where we feel we can service those students better at a different location,” Education Director Jack McMaster said.
“It’s not that we’re getting rid of the alternative education program,” he stressed. “We’re just changing locations.”
The alt. ed. program also is offered at Fort Frances High School and at the United Native Friendship Centre.
“We have many alternative education sections, and we feel we can be more effective by moving the Walker site,” McMaster added.
The building will remain open the rest of this school year, but the students will have to move to one of the other sections for the start of the 2007-08 year.
“Most would attend the high school, where we can offer some flexibility,” McMaster said.
The majority of alt. ed. students are day school students, he noted. The adult component of the program used to be larger, but it also has dropped off in recent years.
It will be up to administration at Fort High to decide how they will run the alt. ed. program there this fall once they have an idea of the number of students they’ll be serving.
“We really think it’s a better opportunity for students,” McMaster said.

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