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Board report recommends moving students

SHAWN GIILCK

The likelihood that a group of Collingwood students will be moving to Admiral Collingwood Public School is closer to reality following a staff report to the Simcoe County District School Board Monday.

The staff is recommending that approximately 95 students currently attending Mountain View Elementary School be transferred to Admiral Collingwood.

The student shuffle is aimed at relieving the mountain pressure on Mountain View, which is far over capacity and still growing due to the fast-growing residential developments on the west end of Collingwood.

Mountain View has a capacity of 279 students, but is presently hosting as many as 387 students. Board projections show that number could jump to approximately 600 students if the attendence boundaries aren't shuffled.

Admiral Collingwood, meanwhile, is running under capacity with 360 students. The school can accommodate as many as 507 students.

Admiral Collingwood would also absorb the new growth from those subdivisions in coming years.

The move follows a series of public meetings, including one last month that saw little opposition to the modified attendence areas.

The affected students live mostly on the west end of Collingwood, in the Mair Mills, Evergreen Village and Highway 26 west neighbourhoods.

Students who are currently in Grade 7 will have the option of finishing their public school education at Mountain View, if they wish and the changes are approved by the school board.

The board is expected to vote on the

changes at its March 24 meeting.

- sgiilck@theenterprisebulletin.com

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