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Two alternate school programs in Langley combined

Langley Board of Education called a special meeting for Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

The topic of this special meeting is ‘budget savings.’

It isn’t known what will be discussed, but one cost saving idea for next year is already in the works.

Parents of students at Apex School and James Anderson Learning Centre were called to a meeting on Monday night to discuss merging the two programs.

JALC, at 20381 66 Ave., is moving and being folded into the Apex school on Fraser Highway, in the former Otter school. Apex is a personalized program for at- risk youth.

The school district sent a letter home to parents on May 5, announcing there will be a parent meeting on Monday May 12 at both Apex and JALC to answer questions about the consolidation.

In the letter home to parents, it said that the district has identified the James Anderson site as a good location for a new elementary school.

Costly repairs and upgrades are needed at the aging school.

The combination of the two programs will bring together 260 students.

There will be financial savings to the district as well, because they no longer will operate two sites, said Gord Stewart, assistant superintendent.

The change is effective for the 2014/2015 school year.

Consolidation of programs is one of the cost savings the district mentioned at its last board meeting. Next year, the district is facing a $3 million deficit.

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