We expect to re-open tomorrow at our regular time.
Maude Burke School
Welcome! Maude Burke School serves the needs of Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6 students from Melfort's South and West locations in the city of Melfort. Maude Burke School is a member of the North East School Division #200.
The total size of the new school will be approximately 5,330 square meters on the site of the existing Carrot River Junior Senior High School.
The Ministry of Education of the Province of Saskatchewan will provide funding for approximately 4,300 square meters.
The North East School Division and the community of Carrot River are extremely thankful to the donor that provided funding to increase the size of the school by 200 square meters to allow for the addition of a welding lab and also increase the size of the performing arts/small gym.
With the exception of the gym, the Carrot River Junior Senior High School will be demolished. The gym was built in 2005 and will be part of the new school.
The new school will be a kindergarten to grade 12 school, replacing the Carrot River Elementary School and the Carrot River Junior Senior High School.
The Carrot River Elementary School and the Carrot River Junior Senior High School will both be operating during construction until the new school has been completed.
When planning the washroom space for the new Carrot River school, the NESD followed best practice in universal washrooms design. The single-user (full door and wall), multi-stall, and open sink space design ensures students have privacy concerns met while supporting supervision of the open sink area. This design has been utilized for both the elementary and high school washrooms.
As we prepare to welcome students back to the classroom after this Labour Day weekend, we do it with heavy hearts. All of Saskatchewan is mourning the loss of the lives that were taken this past weekend during unthinkable attacks. Our thoughts and prayers go to our neighbors from James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon communities to those families who are suffering the loss of a loved one and to those who were injured.
We know you may be talking to your children about the events of the past weekend, and we will have staff available to speak to any students who need support in processing the news of these events.
With one suspect still at large, we will be hyper vigilant in maintaining the safety of students, teachers, and school staff. We will continue to be in close contact with the Ministry of Education and local authorities about the situation, and we will inform you if the situation changes within our schools.
Again, thank you for your continued partnership with us, as we work to keep our school community safe and aware of this evolving situation.
If you have any questions, please contact the North East School Division office by phone at 306-752-5741 or by email email@example.com .
On Friday September 23rd, Premier Scott Moe and Carrot River Valley MLA Fred Bradshaw joined students, staff, School Community Council Chairs and representatives of North East School Division to celebrate the official beginning of construction on a new school that will replace and consolidate Carrot River Elementary and Carrot River High schools.
The new school project will attach to the existing high school gym, which was constructed as an addition to the current high school in 2005. Construction is being led by Saskatchewan-based company Wright Construction and is expected to welcome students in early 2024 with an estimated cost of $28.4 million of which the government is contributing $25.7 million. The remaining costs are being contributed by the community and the school division.
“The growth we are experiencing in our economy allows us to make important investments in services and infrastructure,” Moe said. “This new school in Carrot River is just one example of growth that works for everyone.”
The approximately 4,400 square metre facility is just over half the size of a CFL football field, accommodating up to 400 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The new school will be a modern facility featuring state-of-the-art classrooms and will feature an expanded Practical and Applied Arts area with funding from the community and the school division. The new school will be built onto the existing gymnasium of the high school that was built in 2005.
"I would like to thank the Government of Saskatchewan and Premier for the investment in our new Carrot River school," North East School Division Board Chair Kevin Graham said. "We look forward to the school opening and all of the ways the new facility will support the programming and learning opportunities for our students in years to come."
Notice of Intention to Review grades K-12 at Arborfield School in Arborfield, Saskatchewan
That pursuant to Sections 55 and 57 of The School Division Administration Regulations, the Board of Education for the North East School Division No. 200 of Saskatchewan gives notice of its intention to review the viability of Grades Kindergarten to Grade 12 at Arborfield School, Arborfield, Saskatchewan.
And further, per Board Policy 114, take notice that the Board’s review criteria are if a school’s enrolment in the next academic year is projected to be less than 88 for a K – 12.
and any one or more of the following criteria apply to the school:
a. If there are projected to be three or more grades, or more than three simultaneous course offerings in a classroom
b. If the projected enrolment would leave fewer than two students in a grade
c. If the projected enrolment is such that staffing allotment by formula will require consideration of more than triple grading.
d. If the structural integrity of the school building presents safety or other concerns that would require a significant capital expenditure.
That pursuant to section 59 of The School Division Administration Regulations the Board establishes a School Review Committee for Arborfield School to consist of the following members:
four individuals appointed by the School Community Council of Arborfield School but not including a teacher or principal appointed by the School Community Council;
two individuals appointed by the Town of Arborfield i. One of whom is an elected member of the town; and
ii. One of whom is not an elected member but is a resident of the town of Arborfield.
c. excluding the municipality mentioned in clause (b) two individuals jointly appointed by the following municipalities:
Rural Municipality of Arborfield No. 456, Rural Municipality of Bjorkdale No. 426, Rural Municipality of Connaught No. 457, and Rural Municipality of Moose Range No. 486:
One of whom is an elected member of the council of one of those municipalities; and
One of whom is a resident of one of those municipalities but not an elected member of the council of any municipality
Dated at Melfort, Saskatchewan this 3rd day of October 2022.
Stacy Lair, NESD Director of Education
Further information can be obtained from:
Triki Zenner, Information Controller, for the school review process at 1-306-752-5741 and found at the North East School Division website www.nesd.ca.
Arborfield School Review - Oct 31/22 Communication
Consideration of School Closure or Grade Discontinuance:
Introduction On September 29th, 2022, the Board of Education of the North East School Division passed motions to consider grade discontinuance and/or closure of Arborfield School. The school was identified for review based on Board Policy, meeting all the following criteria:
Projected enrolment less than 88 pupils.
If there are projected to be three or more grades, or more than three simultaneous course offerings in a classroom.
If the projected enrolment would leave fewer than two students in a grade.
If the projected enrolment is such that staffing allotment by formula will require consideration of more than triple grading.
If the structural integrity of the school building present safety or other concerns that would require a significant capital expenditure.
Community Feedback and The School Review Committee
A school review committee has been established and consists of four members of the school community council, two people appointed by the town and two people appointed by the council of municipalities. The School Review Committee is responsible for sharing with the community the information that has been provided by the Board and request feedback. The Committee will share engagement plans with the community of Arborfield and the Board of Education in November.
During January 2023, the School Review Committee will provide the Board of Education with the written results of their community consultations. This will be done at a meeting with both the Board and the Committee.
January 2023 Board Meeting The Board of Education moves to either suspend the review or to consider school closure or grade discontinuance. If the Board decides to suspend the review, the school review process will be considered completed.
Meetings of Electors Electors are invited to attend a meeting in March.
School Review Committee Dissolved On March 31, 2023, the work of the School Review Committee is completed, and the Committee is dissolved.
Written Submissions In addition to the meetings, the Board of Education will accept written submissions from interested parties until March 31st, 2023.
Final Decision In April, the Board of Education will make a motion to either close the school or discontinue grades or discontinue its consideration of school closure.
The Board of Education has considered a variety of information about Arborfield School to make the decision to review the school’s viability. A summary of this information follows.
Board Policy 114: 4: Criteria for School Review
A school’s viability may be reviewed if (a) and any one or more of the following criteria apply to the school:
As outlined in Section 56(2)(b) of The School Division Administration Regulations, projected enrolment for the school under review for the following school year is less than:
(vii) for a school offering kindergarten to Grade 12, 88 pupils.
Arborfield School’s enrolment
as of September 14, 2022, is 65 pupils
2023‐2024 projection is 67 pupils
b. If there are projected to be three or more grades, or more than three simultaneous course offerings in a classroom. Arborfield School– Yes (grade K/1/2, 7/8/9, 10/11/12)
c. If the projected enrolment would leave fewer than two students in a grade. Arborfield School – Yes (grade 8, 11, 12)
d. If the projected enrolment is such that staffing allotment by formula will require consideration of more than triple grading.
In Arborfield School, triple grading is maintained with the application of a 13:1 pupil/FTE formula in comparison to a 23:1 formula in larger schools. Additional support is given through courses provided by the NESD grade 10‐12 Online School teachers.
e. If the structural integrity of the school building presents safety or other concerns that would require a significant capital expenditure. (ie. Facility Condition Index, Independent Engineering Report, Ministry Facility Audit).
Ameresco Canada, a company specializing in facility assessment services, assessed the conditions of all NESD schools in 2015. This fall, an assessment of the condition of the schools at NESD will be completed once again for more current data.
The estimated cost of deferred maintenance for Arborfield School as of 2015 was $2,737,500
On September 29th, 2022, the Board of Education of the North East School Division passed motions to consider grade discontinuance or closure of Arborfield School. The school was identified for review based on Board Policy.
The School Review Committee Report to the Board of Education
The School Review Committee consists of four members of the school community council, two people appointed by the town of Arborfield and two people appointed by the council of municipalities.
Over the last few months, the Committee shared information and gathered feedback from the community. On January 10th, 2023, the School Review Committee shared the community feedback with the Board of Education. The Board of Education would like to extend appreciation for the work of the committee.
During the January 27th, 2023, Board Meeting (originally schedules for January 17th), the Board of Education will move to suspend the review or to continue to consider school closure or grade discontinuance. If the Board decides to suspend the review, the school review process will be considered completed.
Additional Family and Student Feedback Request
In addition to the community feedback presented by the Review Committee on January 10th, the Board of Education is seeking additional input related to current and future Arborfield student high school experiences. Families who have students in the Arborfield catchment are asked to complete a short survey. Grade 7-12 students will also be asked to complete a short survey. The survey will close on Monday January 16th at 9:00 PM.
Public Schools of Saskatchewan is pleased to announce another year of awards to recognize public school student groups or classes that support citizenship or character building with in their schools or communities.
3 - $1000.00 to Grades 1-8
3 - $1000.00 to Grades 9-12
For more information and application go to www.saskpublicschools.ca
Please take notice that at its regular meeting of January 27, 2023, the Board of Education of the North East School Division passed the following motion:
Whereas the Board of Education of the North East School Division No. 200 of Saskatchewan identified Arborfield School under Board Policy 114: School Viability Review as meeting the criteria for a school viability review;
And whereas the Board reviewed materials relevant to the closure of Arborfield School;
Therefore, it is moved that pursuant to Section 61(1) of The School Division Administration Regulations, the Board will consider the potential closure of the Arborfield School in Arborfield, Saskatchewan or discontinuance of one or more grades taught in the Arborfield School, as the case may be; effective July 3, 2023.