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Next steps in Burlington’s Program & Accommodation Review considering high school closures

PARC meetings March 21, 23, 27; Report out April 21; Public delegation night May 8 & 11; Decision June 7

Burlington’s Program & Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) is winding up its work this week with final meetings March 21, 23 and 27, after which time the Director of Education will make a recommendation to elected Trustees for a final vote in June.

At the Board Meeting March 22 it was agreed to extend the timelines for the PARC process as detailed below:

Revised Program Accommodation Review Process Dates:

Director’s Report & Recommendation posted April 21
Committee of the Whole (Trustees) April 26
Public Delegation Nights May 8, May 11
Director’s Final Report Report to Board May 17
Final Vote by Trustees June 7

We’ll know by April whether Burlington Central High School and Lester B Pearson High School are still being recommended for closure, as they were in the Director’s initial report in October that launched the PAR process.

Since then, the PARC, which includes two parent representatives from each of Burlington’s seven high schools, has recommended several other options for the Director and Trustees to consider, including the original recommendation to close Central and Pearson, closing Nelson, closing Bateman, closing Bateman and Pearson, or no closures.

The Director’s final report will be presented to the Board of Trustees at their Committee of the Whole meeting Wed. April 26 at the J.W. Singleton Education Centre at 2050 Guelph Line. The public session begins at 7pm and is open to the public. The report will be released prior meeting on April 21.

May 8 & 11 have been scheduled for public delegation evenings. That is your opportunity to provide input to the Trustees on the final recommendation. Delegations begin at 6pm, at the Singleton Centre. You must register in advance to delegate. Information on how to do that is here: Delegate the Board

The final report will come to the Board of Trustees for a decision June 7, 7pm, at the Singleton Centre. This meeting is public and you can delegate to this meeting as well, but only bringing new information or a new topic (if you have delegated in the past four months).

My Take: I encourage everyone to get involved in this issue and make your views known. No matter what the outcome, this is a city-wide matter that affects us all.

 

Written by 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.

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