Transcona schools losing Ukrainian program to upcoming merger

WATCH: Families of students enrolled in a Ukrainian language program are not happy with changes being made by the school division. Global's Alison MacKinnon reports.

Transcona parents say they’re upset to discover a cherished language program will be moved to another neighborhood.

River East Transcona School Division announced last week that the Ukrainian Language Program is going to be moved to a different school.

This leaves parents like Kaitlyn Sayavong wondering how this will affect their children.

“We made Bernie Wolfe School very much a community and family-based program so that makes me angry that they’re going to take it away,” Sayavong said.

The language program had been offered at two schools in Transcona — Bernie Wolfe Community School and Springfield Heights Community.

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The school board is combining the programs into one school location,  Prince Edward School in North Kildonan.

In a statement on its website, Transcona Collegiate states:

“River East Transcona School Division is proud of our Ukrainian program and the tight-knit community of families who benefit from having this option in our division. By bringing the two early years programs together, students will benefit by having more opportunities to learn within their peer groups which creates a more robust learning environment.”

Amy Bailer said the program makes her kids excited about school and said she is disappointed with the board’s decision.

“We have thought about even the possibility of relocating as opposed to trying to figure out ways to get our daughter to that other school. We’re not super comfortable with the fact it’s way over there,” Bailer said.

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On Monday at 6:30 p.m., the board will host an information session about the upcoming merge.

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