YELLOWKNIFE (November 6, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories confirmed today that it is no longer in discussions with Yellowknife Education District #1 (YK1) and the Commission scolaire francophone (CSF) on a school swap.
“Whatever YK1 decides regarding the use of their schools will not have any impact on the appeal that the GNWT has decided to pursue respecting the court ordered expansion to Ecole Allain St. Cyr,” said Minister of Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty.
The opportunity to look for alternative arrangements to accommodate the court ordered expansion has come and gone and YK1 was advised of that in February 2014.
The GNWT is not asking YK1 to give up a school and it will be their decision alone on how to manage the schools they own.
Discussions about facility usage currently planned are entirely at the discretion of YK1 and are unrelated to the court ruling. Responsibility for any decisions taken respecting the use of its schools as a result of these discussions will rest solely with the board of trustees of YK1.
For more information please see the attached backgrounders:
- School Swap Update – Yellowknife (November 2014)
- School Swap Facts – Yellowknife (April 2014)
- School Exchange Backgrounder – Yellowknife and Hay River (March 2014)
Director, Cabinet Communications
Government of the Northwest Territories