IMPORTANT SCHOOL INFORMATION
From our school board trustee, Sandra Schwartz:
Dear Community Association Presidents
Last week, we announced that a consultation process was coming in relation to the Secondary School Review.
Unfortunately, the consultations are very short notice. I’ve raised this as an issue many times at the Board table, on every consultation on every issue. I encourage all councils to send a rep to at least one of these consultations, regardless of whether you represent an elementary or secondary school.
I encourage everyone to participate in this process. The programming and structure of our secondary schools affects the way that all of our programs and services can be offered. There will be four discussion forums held across the City. The Forums will be held from 7:00p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on:
April 12th at Gloucester High School
April 13th at the Confederation Education Centre
April 27th at Hillcrest High School
April 28th Google Hangout – online Discussion Forum
May 5th at AY Jackson Secondary School
This consultation is important to the future of schools in the OCDSB – it will act as an information session letting folks know about the secondary school review process undertaken to-date, and some of the decisions related to the review that the Board has taken. It will be a chance to hear from the broader community on what you all think about a potential IB west program, school configuration options, etc. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, is an opportunity to get input from the community on what future changes may be coming district-wide that will require broader ARC processes when the time comes for programming changes, school consolidations, etc.
The district website has been updated with extensive information about the review and the background work that has been done over the past four years. I encourage you to take a look at the material.
The Secondary School Review was designed to look at the delivery of programs in secondary schools and consider what should be offered in community schools and how inter-school programs and district programs are delivered to ensure equity of access for all students. A summary report on the Secondary School Review is included below. There were seven major areas of study, including:
Specialist High Skills Major programs;
French as a Second Language;
Canterbury Arts Program; and
International Baccalaureate /Advanced Placement;
Please let me know if you have any questions on any of this. Hope to see you all at one of the upcoming discussion forums.
Trustee for Zone 12 (Innes/Beacon Hill-Cyrville)