Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) has received word from the Education Minister's office that, despite the changes in city boundaries as a result of the annexation of County of Grande Prairie lands on January 1, 2016, there will be a smooth transition and stable education environment for PWSD students.
The news, sent via a letter from the Minister's office today, went on to say that current PWSD students living in the annexed areas will be funded for transportation for the duration of their education programs at Harry Balfour School and Peace Wapiti Academy.
The letter states that this benefit will also be extended to the younger siblings of current PWSD students. If a student stops attending a school operated by PWSD, this provision for transportation funding will cease.
"We're extremely pleased with the decision from the Minister's office to grandfather transportation for all current students at Harry Balfour School and Peace Wapiti Academy, and their younger siblings," says Board Chair Dana McIntosh. "This move will ensure continuity and consistency of education and services for PWSD families."
A copy of the Deputy Minister's letter is attached.