With elementary public schools bursting at the seams, the Bluewater District School Board Business Committee is looking to use some empty classroom space at Saugeen District Secondary School and Kincardine District Secondary School.
Superintendent of Business Services Rob Cummings says Grades 7 and 8 students from Northport and Port Elgin-Saugeen Central would move to 10 empty spaces at SDSS while in Kincardine Grade 7 and 8 students from the elementary schools there would fill 11 empty spaces at KDSS.
In addition in Kincardine, they're looking at moving the Grade 3's at Kincardine Township Tiverton School to Huron Heights School.
The moves do not affect classes at G. C. Huston School in Southampton at this time.
Cummings says they hope to consolidate a wing of the high schools specifically for the elementary students.
They estimate it will cost several million dollars to get the schools ready for the 2019-2020 school year.
The proposal is considered a short term solution but may last several years, as Bluewater prepares a business case for the province to have a new school built in the area to accommodate the increased population of young families moving into Saugeen Shores and Kincardine.
Letters are going out to affected parents and the Business Committee is recommending to the Board that public information meetings be held on December 10th in Kincardine and December 11th in Port Elgin about the program revisions.
Trustees will deal with that recommendation at its regular meeting on October 16th.
Right now, Northport school in Port Elgin is at 110% capacity, while Saugeen Central is at 104%.
Cummings says the moves will not eliminate portable classrooms, existing now at the elementary schools.
He says by September, 2019, there will be approximately 220 Grade 7 and 8 students in Saugeen Shores.
By the same date, there will be approximately 150 Grade 7 and 8 students in Kincardine.