Rescind the Decision to relocate EUBP in RETSD

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We, the undersigned parents, families, community members and interested parties impacted either directly or indirectly by the decision to relocate and amalgamate the English Ukrainian Bilingual Program (EUBP) in River East Transcona School Division (RETSD) draw the attention of RETSD to the following:

THAT the decision to relocate the program will have devastating effects on the EUBP, evidenced by the overwhelming negative response received via survey of the affected families.  Based on the survey results the program will face a reduction of over 50% of enrolled children which does not meet the board's intention to strengthen the program.

THEREFORE your petitioners request that RETSD rescind the decision to amalgamate and relocate the EUBP and instead establish a review committee as outlined in RETSD's FBC policy, to consider alternatives to address the increasing enrollment at both Springfield Heights School and Bernie Wolfe Community School, while maintaining and strengthening the EUBP.  This would also be in better alignment with RETSD's 2017-2019 Strategic Plan, Strategic Directive IV which states to have increased collaboration and informed and engaged parents and community.