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Thursday November 10th, 2011

Posted at 11:15am

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The Greater Essex County District School Board will be forming a Program and Accommodation Review Committee to study the Forster family of schools. The family of schools includes Forster Secondary School and Dougall, Marlborough, General Brock, J.E. Benson, and Dr. H.D. Taylor Public Schools.

The goal of the review committee will be to address the surplus space at J.L. Forster Secondary School, which currently has approximately 500 empty student spaces , which is a utilization rate of less than 50%.  The public board also points out that, Marlborough Public School is an old building with significant renewal needs.  A possible solution may involve all the schools in this family, with the exception of J.E. Benson and Dr. H.D. Taylor Public Schools, which were the subjects of a PARC study in 2010 that resulted in a recommendation to build a new school on Campbell Avenue to replace both structures and join the two school communities.

To introduce the community to the P.A.R.C. process, there will be a public meeting at General Brock Public School on Monday, November 14th beginning at 6:00 pm.

Once it is formed, the P.A.R.C. will make recommendations to Trustees for the future use of the schools under the review. The committee will involve parents, staff and administration from each school as well as representatives from the community.

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