IHC Unveils Details On Plan To Consolidate Elementary Classes

IHC Unveils Details On Plan To Consolidate Elementary Classes

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It's a chance to improve and adjust to modern times.

That's what staff at Immaculate Heart Central in Watertown say about the school's new five-year strategic plan.

The community got its first look at the plan at an open house Wednesday night.

The first goal is to consolidate the primary school and intermediate campus, so all pre-kindergarten through sixth grade students will learn under one roof, the primary school building. 

That will start in the fall.

"I'm absolutely fine with that. I think it makes sense financially for the school," parent David Nicol said. "Improve ourselves financially and also utilize all of the space that we have " 

The strategic plan also includes raising teachers' salaries and adopting an educational method called STREAM, which stands for Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

"It basically will be the same curriculum," school pastor Monsignor Robert Aucoin said. "It will involve more of the activities we engage in in order to help students learn."

Part of this includes using more technology to enhance learning.

"Being a small school, we don't have a lot, of course, that larger schools can offer," parent Tricia Ledoux said. "I think the virtual school and some of those concepts will give us more selections for kids."

IHC principal Lynise Lassiter says she hopes the strategic plan will help boost enrollment, which has dropped over the years.

"There's just an enrollment deficit across the board and it impacts us probably more than other places," she said.

There's more about the strategic plan on IHC's website

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