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Updated: March 2nd, 2017 - Western Area Pupil Accommodation Review

 

Notice of Board Decisions on the Western Area Review

 

In September 2016, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board began the Western Area Accommodation Review. This review involved 26 schools in the Bell, Merivale, Sir Robert Borden and Woodroffe High School “families of schools”. The purpose of the review was to improve student learning, reduce the amount of underutilized school space, and use resources effectively.

 

After months of consultation and deliberation, the Board has made final decisions on the Western Area Accommodation Review. Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the review process. Your input was greatly appreciated and helped to inform our decision making.

 

The final decisions are posted by family of schools:

Bell High School Family of Schools

Merivale High School Family of Schools

Sir Robert Borden High School Family of Schools

Woodroffe High School Family of Schools

 

Information about these decisions will be sent to all families in these schools this week. Additional details regarding the specific impact of these decisions on your child’s school will be communicated in the weeks ahead. We will also continue to provide regular information and updates to families.

 

The school district is committed to ensuring these changes are managed as smoothly as possible for you and your family. In the weeks ahead, transition committees will be established to help us create the best new learning environments for our students. As always, our focus on student learning and well-being will ensure that students feel welcome and schools are ready for learning in September 2017.

 

If you have any questions, please contact your school principal.

 

The Western Area Pupil Accommodation Review involved 26 schools in the Bell, Merivale, Sir Robert Borden and Woodroffe High School “families of schools.” The purpose of the review was to recommend changes which support:

  • more equitable access to programofferings;
  • greater consistency in schoolsize;
  • school configurations of grades JK-6, 7-12 and grades JK-8, 9-12;
  • enriched program offering whereverpossible;
  • enhanced capacity to delivery special education programs using the geographicmodel;
  • alignment of schools to support the Secondary School Program Framework and thedraft Elementary School Program Framework; and
  • optimization of availableresources.

In September 2016, an initial staff report with proposals for change was presented to the Board (The Western Area Pupil Accommodation Review: Initial Report). The proposed changes were designed to address the fact that the Western Review Area has 3,837 excess pupil spaces in 22 elementary and 4 secondary schools. The plan proposed changes to school grade configurations, school closures and program consolidation, reducing the number of excess pupil spaces by 2,117.

Consultation on the proposed plan took place between September and January. The consultation feedback has helped to inform the final staff recommendations, which are explained in detail in the Western Area Pupil Accommodation Review: Final Report. Every effort has been made to ensure that the proposed recommendations will result in wider program opportunities for students at the District level, better consolidation of support services for students, more equitable access to programs of choice and facilities that are in better condition to support student learning.

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE

A high level summary of the final staff recommended changes is as follows:

- Bell High School (HS) would become a grade 7–12 school;

- D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School (IS) would close;

- Bells Corners Public School (PS), Lakeview PS and Bayshore PS would become JK–grade 6 schools, with Bells Corners PS offering English( ENG) and Middle French Immersion (MFI), Lakeview PS offering Early French Immersion(EFI), and Bayshore PS offering ENG and EFI;

- Sir Robert Borden HS would become a grade 7–12 school;

- Greenbank Middle School (MS) would close and it’s students would attend Sir Robert Borden HS;

- Leslie Park PS would close and its students would attend Briargreen PS;

- Grant Alternative School (AS) would close and its students would attend Churchill Alternative School (AS);

- Merivale HS would become a grade 7–12 school and (upon certification) would offer the west end International Baccalaureate (IB) program;

- Century PS would close and its students would attend Carleton Heights PS;

- Regina Street PS would close and its students would attend D. Roy Kennedy PS;

- J.H. Putman PS would close coincident with the opening of a new intermediate wing at Agincourt Road PS;

- Agincourt Road PS would become a JK–grade 8 school coincident with opening of a new intermediate wing;

- Woodroffe Ave PS would become a JK-8 school;

- Staff monitor new Severn Avenue PS EFI with consideration to expanding to a JK-8 structure as soon as critical enrolment is achieved to sustain an intermediate program; and

- Severn Avenue PS would become a K–grade 6 structure for immersion students (starting with grades 1 to 3), the Woodroffe Avenue PS EFI boundary would be changed and the current Severn Avenue PS english students would attend Pinecrest PS or D. Roy Kennedy PS depending on their place of residence.

See more information in our Western Area Review Executive Summary.

Consultation

Consultation took place from 15 September 2016 to mid-January 2017 in the following ways:

  • Public meetings — two public meetings were held and each meeting offered participants an opportunity to ask questions of staff either in an open house forum or in a formal public meeting setting. Approximately 130 and 210 people attendedrespectively.
  • Pupil Accommodation Review Advisory Committee — was comprised of one school council representative per area school. The committee reviewed the proposed plan, discussed optionsand implementation issues, and shared information from and with their school community. Minutes of the meetings are available on our website.
  • Online community engagement — this interactive online platform allowed for consultation with and among stakeholders. The online discussions were held by inviting family of schools’ and stakeholders to respond to questions about the proposed changes. For each family of schools, there were two engagement forums: one for parents, students, and the community, andanother for staff. In the Western Area Review, 3,073 participants shared 6,353 thoughts and assigned 205,984 stars to the thoughts that most reflected their position.
  • Direct email, delegations and community meetings — in addition to the scheduledconsultation forums, considerable feedback was received via email, delegations at Committee and Board meetings, and in community based meetings.

Sept 07, 2016 - Western Area Accommodation Review - Initial Report

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is undertaking a review of schools and program offerings across the District. These reviews consider grade configurations, programs, school condition, and student enrolment and excess pupil space within a “family of schools”. For example, the Western Area Review includes 4 families of schools — Bell High School, Merivale High School, Sir Robert Borden High School, Woodroffe High School and all of the elementary schools that feed into these high schools.

As part of the review process, staff must present recommendations for change. These changes can include school closures and consolidations, and changes in program offerings, changes in grade configuration and changes in school boundaries. These are difficult changes, but are necessary because the school district has excess pupil space and will experience a reduction in funding. The cost of empty pupil spaces negatively impacts all students. Over the next six months, the school district will consult with the community on the proposed changes and the Board will make a final decision in March.

The Western Area Pupil Accommodation Review is scheduled to begin in September, 2016. There are currently 3,837 excess pupil spaces in the Western Area. The proposed changes would reduce the excess pupil space by 2,074, increasing the overall utilization of schools in the area to 85%.

The following 26 schools (22 elementary; 4 secondary) are involved in the Western Area Review:

 

Bell Family of Schools: An Overview

Bells Corners PS

Lakeview PS

Bayshore PS

D.A. Moodie IS

Merivale Family of Schools: An Overview

Century PS

Sir Winston Churchill PS

Meadowlands PS

Carleton Heights PS

Sir Robert Borden Family of Schools: An Overview

Leslie Park PS

Briargreen PS

Knoxdale PS

Greenbank MS

Manordale PS

Grant Alternative*

Churchill Alternative*

Woodroffe Family of Schools: An Overview

Agincourt Road PS

J.H. Putman PS

D. Roy Kennedy PS

Pinecrest PS

Regina Street PS

Severn PS

Woodroffe PS

 

*For the purposes of the Western Review, the two alternative schools are included in the Sir Robert Borden family of schools

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE - September 7, 2016

 

In developing the following recommendations, all of the programs and services delivered in these school communities were carefully reviewed to determine how best to realign resources to provide wider program opportunities for students, better access to programs of choice and facilities that are in better condition to support learning.

A high level summary of recommended changes is as follows. You can read the initial executive summary here.

  • Bell High School would become a grade 7–12 school;
  • D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School wouldclose;
  • Bells Corners Public School, Lakeview Public School and Bayshore Public School would become grades K–6 schools, with Bells Corners PS offering EFI, Lakeview PS offering ENG and MFI and Bayshore PS offeringENG;
  • Sir Robert Borden High School would become a grade 7–12school;
  • Greenbank Middle School wouldclose;
  • Leslie Park Public School would close and its students would attend Briargreen PublicSchool;
  • Grant Public School would close and its alternative students would attend Churchill PublicSchool;
  • The Middle French Immersion boundary (currently directed to Knoxdale PS/Greenbank PS boundedby Baseline Road, The Queensway, Woodroffe Avenue and Greenbank Road would be directed to D. Roy Kennedy PS and would become part of the Woodroffe Family of Schools;
  • Merivale High School would become a grade 7–12 school and (upon certification) would offerthe West End International Baccalaureate Program;
  • Century Public School would close and its students would attend either Carleton Heights Public School or Meadowlands Public School depending on place ofresidence;
  • Regina Street Public School would close and its students would attend D. Roy KennedyPublic School;
  • JH Putman Public School would close and its English students would attend Pinecrest PublicSchool and its Early French Immersion program students would attend either Agincourt Road Public School or Woodroffe Avenue Public School, depending on place of residence;
  • Agincourt Road Public School and Woodroffe Public School would become K–8 schools;and
  • Severn Avenue Public School would become an EFI centre for immersion students, theWoodroffe Elementary School French Immersion boundary would be changed and the current Severn ENG students would attend Pinecrest Public School or D. Roy Kennedy Public School depending on place of residence.

You will find more detailed recommendations for each family of schools outlined below. If you have questions or concerns regarding the proposed changes for the Western Area Review, please email westernareareview@ocdsb.ca.

 

 



TIMELINES

 

Sept. 7, 2016 Staff report presented to Committee of the Whole
Sept. 13, 2016 Board approval of Accommodation Review Process and Consultation
Sept. 15 – Oct. 9 Invited to share thoughts in Phase 1 of Thoughtexchange online platform
Oct. 20, 2016 First Accommodation Review Committee Meeting
Oct. 24 – Nov. 20, 2016 Invited to star/prioritize thoughts in Phase 2 of Thoughtexchange
Oct. 27, 2016 First Public Meeting for Western Area Review
Nov. 9 & Dec. 6, 2016 Accommodation Review Committee Meetings
Dec 5, 2016 Results from Thoughtexchange will be shared
Jan. 10, 2017 Second Public Meeting for Western Area Review
Jan. 27, 2017 Final staff report is published
Feb. 13, 2017 Committee of the Whole – Consider final staff report for Western Area
Mar. 1, 2017 Board Meeting – final decision for Western Area



 

 

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