Catholic board to offer full-time SK

Less than two weeks after the local public school board announced it would begin offering all-day, every day senior kindergarten this fall, the Northwest Catholic District School Board has decided to follow suit in two of its schools.
“This decision is in keeping with the Ministry of Education’s recent initiative in the area of literacy and numeracy to ensure all students are given every opportunity for achieving optimum success during the early years,” the board said in a press release.
At St. Michael’s School here, both the English and French SK classes will change from alternating full days to all-day, every day. To accommodate this, the board will need two .5 FTE (full-time equivalent) teachers—one English and the other trained in French Immersion.
At Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton, the board will need one .5 FTE teacher.
In an impact study submitted for the board’s information last week, Superintendent of Education Al Cesiunas had indicated it may be difficult to find adequate space at St. Michael’s to accommodate the new schedule.
On Tuesday, he said space would be available. “We do have the space to facilitate that for both these grades,” Cesiunas said, referring to the English and French classes.
Because the board shares busing with the Rainy River District School Board, it is simpler for the Catholic board to follow a similar schedule.
Parents and guardians will receive information regarding the time-tabling of these programs in the near future.
Questions can be directed to St. Michael’s principal Teresa Dennis (274-9232) or Ron Fryer, principal of Our Lady of the Way School, at 483-5477.