Care about the future of high schools in Burlington? Public meeting Dec. 8

Central High School

Adapted from a Halton District School Board Press Release – The Halton District School Board will host a public meeting about the Burlington Secondary School Program and Accommodation Review (PAR) on Thursday, December 8, 2016. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the New Street Education Centre, 3250 New Street, Burlington.

As a starting point for the PAR discussions, the Director of Education has recommended closing Burlington Central High School and Lester B Pearson High School, along with boundary and program changes at several other high schools. That recommendation could change as a result of public input received during the process.

The meeting is open to the public, however, to assist with planning for this meeting, the board requests that parents, students, community members pre-register. Pre-registration will provide more accurate attendance numbers for organizing the meeting.

The Pre-registration Form is posted on the Halton District School Board website:

The focus of this public meeting will be to gather individual input on the framework, which is organized around the following four themes:

Theme 1: Programming and Enrolment
Theme 2: Physical state of existing schools
Theme 3: Geographical and transportation issues
Theme 4: Fiscal responsibility and future planning

The meeting will be interactive. A presentation from the Board will be followed by a questionnaire divided into four 20-minute segments focusing on a distinct topic. Each attendee may offer input through use of an electronic ‘clicker’. Each segment will conclude with a discussion.

Meeting agenda:
6:45-7:00 p.m.- Arrival and check in
7:00 p.m.- Opening remarks and explanation of the event
7:05 p.m.- Presentation by Chair of the PAR Committee (Scott Podrebarac)
7:15 – 8:15 p.m..- Electronic questions, and discussion based on themes.
8:35 p.m.- Further discussion led by attendees
8:50 p.m.- Summary
9:00 p.m.- Event concludes

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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