School Boards Bracing for Mini-Baby-Boom

School Boards Bracing for Mini-Baby-Boom

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Quebec City (Quebec) August 18, 2014 -The four regional school boards in and around Quebec City are preparing to accomodate about 2000 more students than normal this year, but nobody can really put their finger on the exact reason why. Enrollment has been on the rise in the last few years but this year there is a noticeable increase.

The Commission Scolaire des Premières-Seigneuries, which covers the east side of the city has the highest number with 750 new inscriptions, 115 of which include the high schools. The increase may be that fewer children are going to private institutions, a spokesman for the school board suggested.

The Commission Scolaire de la Capitale, which covers central Quebec City, is expecting 600 more kids, which in terms of representation is basically the population of an entire school. They are encouraged by the numbers.

For the Commission Scolaire des Découvreurs, which covers the west end, the number of new students is up by 240.

The most notable increase is in the more rural suburb areas where new housing has been expanding. Areas like Val Belair, Saint Émile and Lebourgneuf are showing the highest new enrollment figures.

For the south shore, the Commission Scolaire des Navigateurs is reporting a head count increase of 440, mostly from the Saint Nicolas and St. Agapit townships where there have been many new housing projects in the last few years.

Five years ago in 2009 there had been a decrease of 1500 students, which clearly indicates a mini baby-boom since then. The problem, as usual, is how to accommodate everyone and still stay within the allocated budgets which are becoming more and more restrictive. It’s the old expression of “do more with less” that will be the norm for the coming school year.

Life in Québec staff writer

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