French school to launch in Revelstoke this fall

After four years of trying, Revelstoke will be getting it’s own French school starting this fall.

After four years of trying, Revelstoke will be getting it’s own French school starting this fall.

“It’s pretty exciting,” said Caroline Grenier, the Revelstoke parent who led the push for the school. “It’s almost hard to believe.”

The decision was made by the Francophone School Board of British Columbia at its meeting on Saturday and announced to the Times Review on Monday morning.

“I’m just very happy we are able to provide a francophone education within your community,” said Roger Hebert, a trustee with the school board. “I have great hopes in the school succeeding very well.

Last year at this time, the hopes of Francophone parents in Revelstoke were dashed when the school board voted against opening the school.

This year the board voted in favour; Grenier said she watched the vote live on a webcast Saturday morning.

The school will serve 12 students from Kindergarten to grade 2. It is expected to have 40 students by 2017. It is hoped that now that the school is official, parents that were hesitant to enrol their children will sign up.

Hebert cited Nelson as an example of a French school starting small but growing to a larger number of students.

A location for the school still needs to be decided.

Anne Cooper, the superintendent of the Revelstoke School District did not return a call for comment before press time.


Just Posted

UPDATE: Man presumed dead after boat capsizes south of Revelstoke

One Alberta man made it to shore and was rescued, the other is still missing

Bold youth-led initiatives address local needs

Revelstoke Community Foundation joins national community challenge

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Unsettled skies dominate the week’s forecast

A chance of thunderstorms is in the forecast for much of the Okanagan-Shuswap.

Honouring ancestors through art

Jenn Ashton’s art will be featured at the next exhibit at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre

City hires new by-law officer, in process of recruiting another

Revesltoke city staff currently hiring in several departments

Protesters rally in Victoria over newly approved Trans Mountain pipeline

The Still No Consent! No Trans Mountain! 20 kilometre march will end at Island View Beach

Two mudslides close Seymour Arm road in North Shuswap, no one injured

Slides hit Seymour Arm Main Forest Service Road halfway between St. Ives and Seymour Arm

“Our community has had its heart broken”: South Okanagan celebrates life of David Kampe

Community and families members who knew Kampe give tearful addresses

Wildfire burning in coastal forest

A fire beside the Sea to Sky Highway is burning up a steep slope

Lower lake levels could create bumper crop of invasive milfoil

The CSRD board received an update on efforts to suppress the invasive aquatic plant

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Vernon and Sicamous cannabis stores get provincial nod

Spiritleaf in Vernon will be the Okanagan’s first cannabis store.

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Most Read