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French immersion students still Guelph-bound after all

The Upper Grand District School Board has decided to allow French immersion students from Rockwood and other parts of East Wellington to keep going to Guelph schools after next June after all – but without busing.

The board agreed last week to reconsider motions it passed in January 2012. These motions said junior kindergarten to Grade 4 students from East Wellington who are now enrolled in FI programs in Guelph would have to move to Brisbane and Erin schools starting next fall.

There are 21 such students. Trustee Kathryn Cooper, who represents the East Wellington area, was behind the reconsideration motion.

After agreeing to reconsider the matter, the board passed a new motion allowing these students to continue to attend Guelph schools – Edward Johnson and King George, and then John F. Ross Collegiate – after next June.

However, if they do keep going to school in Guelph, they won’t be bused, the board decided, citing cost concerns.

If they move to schools in Brisbane and Erin next fall, they’ll be bused there, along with other East Wellington FI students already going there.

The board also made it official last week that a French immersion program will start in Rockwood next September for junior and senior kindergarten and for Grade 1 students.

The location of this new FI program, which will grow by one grade per year, will be determined by a boundary review for a new elementary school that’s to open in Rockwood next September. It will be the board’s second elementary school in Rockwood.

The board plans to make the Rockwood boundary decisions in January.

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