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Five to one ratio irks Catholic board

<p>The Calgary Catholic School District is displeased with yesterday’s announcement the city would be getting six new schools — with only one Catholic.</p>

Six new schools proposed for city


The Calgary Catholic School District is displeased with yesterday’s announcement the city would be getting six new schools — with only one Catholic.





Alberta Education Minister Ron Liepert announced proposed public/private partnerships for 14 new schools in the province, with six new city schools — including five public schools.





Catholic School District chair Marg Belcourt wonders why her school board only received one school.





“I asked them how they think the Catholic taxpayers are going to feel about the five to one ratio of schools. The parents are going to be very upset,” Belcourt told Metro, adding the board already has a 110 per cent school utilization rate.





Belcourt said only one kindergarten school was approved, holding 600 students, while the five schools announced for the public system would hold about 6,000.





“We’re very concerned. When you look at the numbers we feel like we have been shortchanged,” she said.





The Calgary Board of Education chair of board trustees Pat Cochrane was thrilled with the proposed new schools.





“We’re very pleased with the announcement. Parents will be happy they can send their kids to school in their own neighbourhood instead of on a bus,” Cochrane said.




krista.sylvester@metronews.ca














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