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Updated: March 8, 2017 Eastern Secondary Area Review - Staff Final Recommendations

On Tuesday March 7, 2017, Trustees approved the recommendations as outlined in Appendix C (Schedule E) to Report 17-009 as follows: 

Rideau High School will be closed. Rideau’s grade 9 to 12 English Program with Core French will be redirected to Gloucester High School effective September 2017.

Grade 9 to 12 Immersion Program students residing within the Rideau High School attendance area will be directed to Gloucester High School effective September 2017.

Immersion Program students residing within the Rideau High School attendance area currently enrolled in schools (2016-2017) other than Gloucester High School will be permitted to remain at those schools.

In addition, the Board will support the transition of Rideau High School students to Gloucester High School, by providing transportation to all students residing in the current Rideau attendance boundary, including students currently at Rideau on transfers, regardless of eligibility requirements.

OSTA will be asked to facilitate this service notwithstanding the current Transportation Policy and wherever feasible with the use of Presto cards.

Special supports will be put in place to assist in the transition of Rideau High School students to Gloucester high school. Those supports will be extended for two-years to aid in the transition, including the reallocation to Gloucester High School of a 0.17 FTE Vice-principal position and a 1.0 FTE Student Success Teacher (SST) position.

Staff will be directed to begin work immediately at Gloucester High School to build a room for students that is culturally friendly to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students. This room will be comparable to the Lodge at Rideau High School. Students, staff, and community partners will be involved in the development of the Lodge at Gloucester.

Staff will prepare a report for February 2018, and every year thereafter for three years, to keep the community informed. Details will include such items as; total enrolment, number of new students, attrition rates, the number of sections by pathway and will provide information about supports in place at the school for special education students, attrition rates, the number of sections by pathways and will provide information about supports in place at the school for special education students, English Language learners and students living in low-income neighbours.

Staff and Board will continue to monitor the achievement and well-being of all students at the newly amalgamated school. In addition, the total enrolment number of new students would be disaggregated by pre-amalgamated boundaries and number of sections by pathway and EQAO results at the school level and disaggregated by pre-amalgamated boundaries.

Staff were also directed to explore with the transition team, the possibility of a school name change for Gloucester High School.

Updated January 27, 2017

  • Rideau High School would be closed and its Grade 9 to 12 English Program with Core French be redirected to Gloucester High School effective September 2017.

· Grade 9 to 12 Immersion program students residing within the Rideau High School attendance area would be redirected to Gloucester High School effective September 2017.

· Immersion program students residing within the Rideau High School attendance area currently enrolled in schools (2016-2017) other than Gloucester High School would be permitted to remain at those schools.

Read more in our Eastern Secondary Review Executive Summary.

 

Colonel By Secondary School Overview

There are no proposed changes to Colonel By Secondary School’s location or regular program catchment area brought forward at this time, following a thorough examination of options (as referenced in the Eastern Secondary Review Report: Phase One). Upon approval and certification of a new International Baccalaureate Program in the western part of the District, a recommendation will be brought forward for the establishment of District boundaries for both eastern and western programs.

 

Gloucester High School Overview

Gloucester High School is a composite high school designed to offer academic programming to meet the varied interests and learning needs of a diverse student body. The ability to offer this programming, however, is impacted by low enrolment - with 665 students making for a utilization rate of 41%. The Gloucester HS facility is expansive and offers a multitude of varied instructional spaces: both classrooms and specialty areas.

 

Rideau High School Overview

Rideau HS is a culturally diverse high school which currently offers programming to 418 students. This level of enrolment means that the school is only at 43% capacity. This erosion of the school population in no way is reflective of the excellent programs and services offered at Rideau HS. It does, however, impact its ability to offer the depth and breadth of programming that would be optimal in a composite high school.

 

Next Steps

The staff report will be presented to Committee of the Whole on Wednesday, February 15th at 6:00 p.m. in the Boardroom at 133 Greenbank Road. At that meeting, the Committee will hear delegations and once delegations are complete, the Committee will begin deliberations. If necessary, the meeting will continue on Thursday, February 16th at 7:00 p.m. Persons interested in appearing as a delegation may contact Board Services at 613-596-8211 ext 8363 or at samantha.flynn@ocdsb.ca. Please note that all delegations will have a maximum of 2 minutes.

 

The Committee of the Whole makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Final Board approval is scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Questions can be directed to easternsecondary review@ocdsb.ca

 

Read the Eastern Secondary Area Accommodation Review Final Report - January 27, 2017

 

Background

The Eastern Secondary Area Pupil Accommodation Review involved 3 secondary schools;

 

Colonel By Secondary School, Gloucester High School and Rideau High School. The purpose of the review was to recommend changes which support:

 

  • More equitable access to program offerings;
  • Greater consistency in school size;
  • Enriched program offering wherever possible;
  • Enhanced capacity to delivery special education programs using the geographic model;
  • Alignment of schools to support the Secondary School Program Framework; and
  • Optimization of available resources.

 

In September 2016, an initial staff report with proposals for change was presented to the Board (The Eastern Secondary Area Pupil Accommodation Review: Initial Report). The proposed changes were designed to address the fact that the Eastern Secondary Review Area has 1,362 excess pupil spaces. The plan proposed changes to school grade configurations, school closures and program consolidation, reducing the number of excess pupil spaces by 966.

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 Eastern Secondary 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.

 

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.

  • Pupil Accommodation Review Advisory Committee — was comprised of one school council representative per area school. The committee reviewed the proposed plan, discussed options and 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’ 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, and another for staff. In the Eastern Area Review, 1,061 participants shared 1,562 thoughts and assigned 61,719 stars to the thoughts that most reflected their position.

· Direct email, delegations and community meetings — in addition to the scheduled consultation forums, considerable feedback was received via email, delegations at Committee and Board meetings, and in community based meetings.

 

What We Heard Through Consultation

  • Opposition to the closure of Rideau HS and concerns about the loss of the school as a community hub;
  • The lack of exploration of other options;
  • Questions about the proposed relocations for the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)/ English as a Second Language (ESL) and preschool child programs at Rideau HS;
  • Questions about the accuracy of the future projected enrolment for Rideau HS given the proposed infill development of Wateridge Village at Rockcliffe;
  • Support for providing wider educational opportunities for students at Rideau HS through increased enrolment. This support also included comments on wider consolidation of resources and programs at Gloucester HS if Rideau HS closes;
  • Concerns about the transition planning and support for Rideau HS students should the school close; and
  • Support of the introduction of a second IB program in the western area of the District with some comment about the impact on Colonel By SS in the future.

 

Community Programs Unique to Rideau High School

The Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Program is a free language training program for eligible, adult learners which are funded by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRRC) organization. There is currently a LINC Program housed at Rideau High School. This program would be relocated to Ottawa Technical Secondary School (OTSS) on Donald Street which would continue to provide the support services for the local community.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board currently operates the licensed preschool/toddler day care program at Rideau HS. This program would be relocated to Queen Elizabeth Public School which would continue to provide the services in close proximity to the current site.

Rideau HS has built an exemplary First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) experience for its students. The FNMI community has been engaged in preliminary re-visioning of the place of spirit for the consolidated secondary school at Gloucester HS should the staff recommendations be approved.

 

Transition Planning

Where changes occur, transitions are planned in a manner that is supportive of student needs. The transition process will provide students and families with the opportunity for positive visioning of their new school experience and will be planned and implemented in collaboration with parents/guardians, students, school staff, District staff and senior administration through a school level transition committee structure.

 

Update: Sept 07, 2016, Eastern Secondary Area Pupil Accommodation Review: Initial Report

 

The Eastern Secondary Review: Phase 1 involves 3 secondary schools:

 

Gloucester HS

 

Colonel By SS

 

Rideau HS

 

 

The decision to begin with a secondary review in the east is linked to the urgent learning issues. Two of the three schools in this area have utilization factors of less than 42% and the third has a utilization factor of 113%.

All aspects of the programs and services delivered to these school communities have been 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. To achieve this goal one school closure, program relocations, program additions and facility enhancements have been proposed. Currently the Eastern Secondary Area (as defined for the review) has 1,362 excess pupil spaces. The staff proposal reduces the excess pupil space by 966 pupil places and brings the overall utilization in the area to a factor of 85%.

 

Recommendations Summary

There are no proposed changes to Colonel By Secondary School’s location or regular program catchment area brought forward at this point in time following a thorough examination of options (as referenced in the Eastern Area Secondary Review Report: Phase One). Upon approval and certification of a new International Baccalaureate Program in the western part of the District, a recommendation will be brought forward for the establishment of District boundaries for both eastern and western programs.

 

The following are the proposals for change in the Eastern Secondary Area Pupil Accommodation Review:

 

Phase One:

- Rideau High School would be closed and its Grade 9 through 12 students would attend Gloucester High School effective September 2017.

- An International Baccalaureate Program boundary would be established for Colonel By Secondary School upon receipt of certification for the new western International Baccalaureate school site and program.

Following the consultation period with school communities, the general public and the established area Accommodation

Review Committee, a final report with recommendations will come back to the Board for decision making on 7 March, 2017.

The proposed changes for the Eastern Secondary Pupil Accommodation Review will result in greater program opportunities for students that will enhance their individual learning experiences within sustainable resources.

 

 

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, 2016

Oct. 20, 2016

Invited to share thoughts in Phase 1 of Thoughtexchange online platform

First Accommodation Review Comittee Meeting

Oct. 24 – Nov. 20, 2016

Invited to star/prioritize thoughts in Phase 2 of Thoughtexchange

Nov. 1, 2016

First Public Meeting for Eastern Secondary Review

Nov. 9 & Dec. 6, 2016

Accommodation Review Committee Meetings

Dec 5, 2016

Results from Thoughtexchange will be shared

Jan. 11, 2017

Second Public Meeting for Eastern Secondary Review

Jan. 27, 2017

Final staff report is published

Feb. 15, 2017

Committee of the Whole – Consider final staff report for Eastern Secondary Review

Mar. 7, 2017

Board Meeting – final decision for Eastern Secondary Review

 

To learn more about the Eastern Secondary Area Review timeline, please click here.

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