Meeting Notes - September 15, 2015

Meeting Notes – September 15, 2015

And… we’re back! I hope everyone had a great summer and is looking forward to a great school year!

Welcome to our new Student Trustees Anshika Jain from Massey and Carlos Pena from Leamington District Secondary School.

 We began the night with a tribute to Timothy Klein, a former EA at Walkerville, and then recognized our Student of the Month. Dylan Nicholson is known by all to be very kind and devoted to serving those in need. This summer, he spent 25 days in Kathmandu, Nepal helping to rebuild a home for orphaned and abandoned children. He also worked hard to help fix infrastructure in a nearby village that was devastated by an earthquake. Way to go, Dylan!

Tonight’s meeting then focused on clarifying Administration’s 6 Recommendations from the PARC:

1. That Harrow District High School close effective June 2016 and be declared surplus to the board’s needs. The grade 9-12 students will transition to Kingsville District High School. The grade 7 and grade 8 students will transition back to Harrow Public School, creating a JK to grade 8 school.

That Harrow Public School be a feeder school to Kingsville District High School. The in-district students transitioning from Harrow District High School to Kingsville District High School will be eligible for bussing.

2. That Western Secondary School close effective June 2016 and be declared surplus to the board’s needs. All The Locally Developed Curriculum Course (LDCC) students will transition to their local in-district high school based on their residence. All high schools in the GECDSB offer the LDCC programming. Transportation will be provided to students in district based on transportation policy.

3. That three additional strategically placed Adaptive Basic (AB) programs be created at the following high schools: General Amherst High School, Kingsville District High School, and Belle River District High School. Transportation will be provided to all students in district of the newly created Adaptive Basic program boundaries falling in line with transportation policy. 

Proposed new boundary for AB program at BRDHS:Students entering the AB program that reside in the current Tecumseh Vista Academy, the current Belle River District High School, and the current Essex Public School boundaries would enrol in the AB program at BRDHS. 

Proposed new boundary for AB program at GAHS:Students entering the AB program that reside in the current General Amherst High School, the current Sandwich Secondary School, and the current Colchester North Public School boundaries would enrol in the AB program at GAHS.

Proposed new boundary for AB program at KDHS:Students entering the AB program that reside in the current Kingsville District High School, the current Leamington District Secondary School, the current Harrow District High School, and the current Gosfield North Public School boundaries would enrol in the AB program at KDHS. 

4. That the Principals of the affected schools, in consultation with their school Councils, work with senior administration to implement and communicate the Changes through a Transition committee.

5. That upon approval of Recommendation #1, Recommendation #2, and Recommendation #3, a business case for the proposed new JK-12 consolidated Harrow District High School, Kingsville District High school, Western Secondary School LDCC and AB students in the proposed new boundaries, Kingsville Public School, and Jack Miner Public School be submitted to the Ministry of Education.

6. That upon approval of Recommendation #2 and Recommendation #3, a business case for the proposed new grade 9-12 General Amherst High School with the Western Secondary School LDCC students and AB students in the proposed new boundaries be submitted to the Ministry of Education.

We heard from passionate parents, students, and community leaders, and trustees had the opportunity to begin to seek clarification of Administration’s report. Trustees will be taking tours of the schools involved in the PARC before making decisions.

The full discussion will occur at the special Board meeting on October 13th.  This will be an open meeting and everyone is encouraged to attend. If you would like to make a presentation please contact the Board office at: (519)255-3200.

The full PARC report is found here. I would really like to hear from you as I wrestle with these recommendations over the next couple of weeks.

Jessica

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