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Make your voice heard on proposed high school closures.

Students made their views known about the proposed closure of Burlington Central HS during the annual Santa Claus Parade.

Email Full contact list here.

Share your views on the proposed closure of Burlington Central High School, Lester B Pearson High School and boundary/programming changes at other schools by contacting your parent representative on the citizen Program & Accommodation Review Committee (PARC). Each school has two parent representatives with a dedicated email that goes to both. I’m one of two parent representatives for Central, alongside Ian Farwell. Contact us at

Here is the full list of representatives and contact information.

Aldershot HS

  • Steve Cussons
  • Eric Szyiko

Burlington Central HS

  • Ian Farwell
  • Marianne Meed Ward

Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS

  • Matthew Hall
  • Tricia Hammill

Lester B. Pearson HS

  • Steve Armstrong
  • Cheryl De Lugt

M.M. Robinson HS

  • Marie Madenzides
  • Dianna Bower

Nelson HS

  • Kate Nazar
  • Rebecca Collier

Robert Bateman HS

  • Lisa Bull
  • Sharon Picken

The first working meeting of the PARC is Jan. 26. Meetings are open to the public to observe. Meeting information:

PARC Working Meeting #1 ​January 26, 2017 at 7:00 pm J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line
​PARC Working Meeting #2 ​February 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm ​J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line
​PARC Working Meeting #3 ​February 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line
PARC Working Meeting #4 ​March 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm ​J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line


Learn more about the PARC here: Program and Accommodation Review Committee

Several public meetings are being held as follows. Where a meeting has already taken place click on Public Meetings to review the materials from that meeting.

Public Meeting #1: Thursday, December 8, 2016

Location: New Street Education Centre, 3250 New Street
Time: 7:00 pm

Public Meeting #2

Public Meeting #2 will be held at two locations in Burlington, see below for more information.

North Burlington Schools (North of QEW/Highway 403): Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Location: ​Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School, 3040 Tim Dobbie Drive
Time: 7:00 pm

Meeting materials are not available at this time.

South Burlington Schools (South of QEW/Highway 403): Thursday, March 2, 2017

Location: ​New Street Education Centre, 3250 New Street
Time: 7:00 pm

Additional information about the proposed closure is available on the Halton District School Board  website here: Burlington Secondary School Program Accommodation Review

Decision Timelines:

A final decision on any recommended closures, program or boundary changes will be made by the HDSB elected Trustees in May. Timelines are below.

Director’s Report (with compiled feedback) to Committee of the Whole ​March 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm ​J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line
​​Public Delegation Night ​April 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm ​J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line
Final Report to Board of Trustees for decision ​May 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm ​J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line


Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made. As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington. The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

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