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Still time to fill out survey on potential high school closures in Burlington

Deadline 4:30pm, March 13

Residents still have an opportunity to fill out the Halton District School Board’s survey on potential closure of one or more Burlington high schools. The survey is available till 4:30 pm Mon. March 13.

The Program and Accommodation Review Committee of two parents from each high school, as well as other stakeholders, identified six options for public review:

  • 19b/28c: Close Central & Pearson (minor boundary changes between the two options)
  • 3c: Close Nelson
  • 4b: Close Bateman
  • 7b: All schools remain open; boundary changes at Hayden to address overcrowding
  • 23d: Close Bateman and Pearson

Learn more:  options

My Take: We’re all affected in some way by what’s happening. Any school closing would be disruptive to that community, and current closure options under consideration create a domino effect of negative impacts on surrounding schools, such as overcrowding and portables, bussing and boundary changes. Even if all schools remain open, boundary changes will be required to address overcrowding at Hayden and underenrolment at Bateman, MM Robinson and Pearson. I encourage everyone to learn about the various options and share your views via the survey, or by contacting the members of the PARC:

Aldershot HS
Email: aldershotparc@hdsb.ca

  • Steve Cussons
  • Eric Szyiko

Burlington Central HS
Email: centralparc@hdsb.ca

  • Ian Farwell
  • Marianne Meed Ward

Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS
Email: dfhaydenparc@hdsb.ca

  • Matthew Hall
  • Tricia Hammill

Lester B. Pearson HS
Email: lbpearsonparc@hdsb.ca

  • Steve Armstrong
  • Cheryl De Lugt

M.M. Robinson HS
Email: mmrobinsonparc@hdsb.ca

  • Marie Madenzides
  • Dianna Bower

Nelson HS
Email: nelsonparc@hdsb.ca

  • Kate Nazar
  • Rebecca Collier

Robert Bateman HS
Email: rbatemanparc@hdsb.ca

  • Lisa Bull
  • Sharon Picken

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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