A Message From The GECDSB’s Director of Education Regarding School Closures
Monday November 14th, 2011
Posted at 3:15pm
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The following is a message from Warren Kennedy, Director of Education for the Greater Essex County District School Board:
This year the Trustees of the Greater Essex County District School Board have approved the formation of Program and Accommodation Review Committees for the Kingsville family of schools, the W.F. Herman family of schools and the J.L. Forster family of schools, which will, for the purpose of the study, include Century Secondary School. Conditions at each of the schools in these geographic groupings will be reviewed.
We have reached a point in the direction of the Greater Essex County District School Board where critical decisions need to be considered. Action must be taken to provide the best possible education, opportunities and conditions for all our students. Many of the circumstances facing us are beyond our control as a Board and force us to react to: declining enrolment, shifting community demographics and the inevitable deterioration of a number of our aging buildings.
School closures, consolidations and reorganizations may be necessary. It is crucial for the Board to deal decisively with 7.000 empty student spaces in our schools.
The Program and Accommodation Review Committees will be structured and executed as required by our Board and Ministry of Education policies and procedures. We urge parents and caregivers with students at the designated schools to be involved. I especially want to press for participation from members of the school communities who may not have a direct concern in these discussions. Neighbours, business owners and operators, all tax payers have a stake in these discussions and there is a place for you in them, as a member of a committee or during the open public meetings.
The elected Trustees of the Greater Essex County District School Board are required to decide what recommendations they will approve or reject. We hope, through the participation of people from every sector of our school communities, to provide them with the most thorough and reliable information possible.
A series of “What is a PARC?” public meetings have been scheduled for the three families of schools which will be reviewed: on Monday, November 14th at General Brock Public School for the Forster family of schools and Century Secondary; Monday, November 21st at Kingsville District High School for the Kingsville family of schools; and Wednesday, November 23rd at W.F. Herman Secondary School for the Herman family of schools.
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