From the Regina Leader-Post Feb. 12, 2011:
The year 2010 saw 14,978 Saskatchewan births - up from 14,536 in 2009 and the highest number in 18 years, when 14,992 babies were born in 1992. These kids will begin entering the school system around 2015.
Aboriginal and low income population impacts
In total 18 schools were targeted for potential closure or merger in the 10 Year Plan, with 14 fewer schools as the final outcome.
Looking at the catchment areas for these schools:
14 (78 per cent) include census dissemination areas (neighbourhoods) where the aboriginal population is 15 per cent or more.
3 (16 per cent) include neighbourhoods where the aboriginal population is 9 – 14.9 per cent.
1 (6 per cent) includes neighbourhoods where the aboriginal population is 3.9 – 8.9 per cent.
Zero closures or mergers will occur in school catchment areas where the aboriginal population is uniformly less than 3 per cent.
14 (78 per cent) include neighbourhoods where 30 per cent or more of people live in low income households.
4 (22 per cent) include neighbourhoods where 15 – 29 per cent of people live in low income households.
Zero closures or mergers will occur in catchment areas where the low income incidence is uniformly less than 15 per cent.
Beween 1996 and 2006 Regina's aboriginal population increased by 25 per cent.
Demographic suggest this trend will continue. In 2006, 36 per cent of aboriginal people were in the 18-34 age group, compared to 29 per cent of non-aboriginal people.
Figures compiled by Sask Tends Monitor.
Aboriginal data: 2006 census. Income data: 2001 census.
Closures and catchment areas
The divisions on this map represent cachment areas. Those in yellow are affected by elementary closures. Note that each cachement area generally includes more than one of the census tracts in the maps below. Please reference this map when examining the census maps. The census map also includes the two highschools.
Not shown - Imperial and McDermid facility-based merger.
Closures and aboriginal population
Map created by SaskTrends Monitor.
Closures and low income households
Map created by SaskTrends Monitor