Court orders investment in francophone schools
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 1:24 PM
Yellowknife, N.W.T. - The Supreme Court of the NWT has handed down it's decisions regarding Ecole Allain St. Cyr in Yellowknife and Ecole Boreale in Hay River.
The Francophone School Board had claimed that the building standards for the two schools did not recognize the needs of the Francophone minority.
The court agreed and school board president Suzette Montreuil said they're very happy with the decision.
"We feel the court studied the question carefully and has provided us with measures that will greatly enhance what we can do for our students," said Montreuil.
Justice Louise Charbonneau ordered the GNWT to expand Allain St. Cyr to accommodate 250 students and Ecole Boreale to accommodate 160.
And both schools will get new gymnasiums, which Montreuil said is huge.
"It will allow us to have much more control over our regular physical education programs, but it will also allow us to have a lot more control over intramurals and after school activities. We'll be able to finally be the host of tournaments and things like that," she said.
The GNWT has 21 days to set up a meeting with the school board and all of the improvements are set to be finished by September 2015.
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