After provincial budget cuts dealt the Calgary Board of Education a $32-million shortfall,
, parents and student athletes have been told that the National Sport School in Calgary faces two possible futures: move or close.
The National Sport School provides a flexible schedule for high-performance student athletes so they can train and study effectively.
The school has leased space from WinSport at Canada Olympic Park since 2011, to the tune of $100,000 a year.
In a presentation in November, the parents were notified the lease is going to expire in June 2020, after that the school would either move some of its programs to nearby Bowness High School or shut down entirely.
While parents are vowing to fight to keep the school open, current students - especially Grade 9, 10 and 11 - are worried if they can graduate as expected.
“Although relocation away from WinSport is one of the options,” Youssef Akram, a former student says, “students concern if other schools could accommodate for both of their academics and sport as good as the National Sport School.”
A spokesperson from WinSport has offered to lease the space for $1 if NSS stays, in the 2020-21 school year, as an effort to convince the CBE to keep the program in place.
Parents reveal they've been informed that a final decision will likely be announced in the new year. Before then, students will seek for opportunities to persuade CBE for the allowance of the school to stay at WinSport .
“We may cut major costs in the program in order to collaboratively work with the CBE.” claims Max Stretch, a Grade 12 student who has specialized in ski jumping and has credited the school in keeping his grades high.