Public meeting to learn what the board thinks it should do with the French and English programs at the elementary levels.

News 100 redBy Staff

October 24, 2015


The Halton District School Board has a programming problem on its hands – the uptake for French Immersion classes has created several problems. The Board is having some difficulty hiring experienced fluent French teachers and the number of students who want to be in the French Immersion classes has put the English program at some risk in some schools.

There are elementary English classes with as few as eight people in them which doesn’t work from a staffing aspect said director of Education Stuart Miller.

Stuart MillerThe Halton District School Board is experiencing challenges in providing viable programming in English and French programs in some of our elementary schools.

In February 2015, a committee was established to examine issues related to the challenges of providing English and French Immersion programming. Their report, Program Viability, is being presented to the public with the board looking for as much feed back as they can get.

Committee”, studied the issues. The increasing interest in French Immersion and the impact on the core English program along with the board’s ability to recruit a sufficient number of qualified and fluent elementary French teachers is a situation that needs public comment.

Parents/guardians are invited to attend the public meetings to learn about the key issues, as well as the process and timelines to gather public input. Halton District School Board staff will present information concerning English and French Immersion program enrollment, as well as the preliminary recommendations of the Program Viability Committee.

All meetings will begin at 7 p.m.:
BURLINGTON Monday, October 26 Nelson High School (4181 New St.)

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