Cedar students have to choose

More than half either intend to stay at LSS or are undecided.

More than half the Cedar catchment area students attending Ladysmith Secondary School, who will be continuing their education in 2016, either intend to stay at LSS or are undecided.

Superintendent of Schools John Blain delivered that information to Trustees in a report, based on interviews and surveys of students, presented to the Board of Education at its Oct. 28 meeting.

“On September 18, 2015, the Department of Learning Services sent a letter home to Cedar and Cinnabar Valley area students, who will be in Grades 8-12 in September 2016,” says Blain’s report.

“The letter surveyed students on which secondary school they wish to attend once Cedar Secondary School re-opens in September 2016.”

At LSS the school contacted families ‘via numerous avenues’ and also surveyed Cedar catchment students ‘from class to class.’

Of the 122 Cedar catchment students attending LSS, 77 plan on returning to Cedar when the school reopens in Sept. 2016; 34 intend to continue their education at LSS; and 11 are undecided.

At John Barsby Secondary School the split is even more pronounced. The ratio is reversed. Of the 163 Cedar catchment students attending there: 44 plan on returning to Cedar; 109 on continuing at John Barsby; 10 were undecided.

Factoring in Grade 7 students presently attending North Cedar Intermediate School and Cinnabar Valley Elementary School a total of 202 students, out of 391 who live in the Cedar Secondary catchment, have said they will be attending Cedar Secondary.