HDSB Media Release

Trustees vote to begin Program Accommodation Review (PAR) for Burlington high schools

HDSB Media Release Thursday October 20, 2016

At their October 19, 2016 meeting, the Board of Trustees for the Halton District School Board approved a motion to initiate a Program and Accommodation Review (PAR) of Burlington secondary schools.

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Burlington High Schools Program & Accommodation Review (PAR)

Below please find the Oct 5th Board Agenda and Report #16132 Program Accommodation Review.

Public session starts at 7pm in the Board Room of the J.W. Singleton Education Centre, 2050 Guelph Line, Burlington.

APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA

FOR ACTION: OCTOBER 19, 2016: 

… From these 19 options, a preferred Option 19 (Appendix 6) was selected in which staff recommends to close Lester B. Pearson HS and Burlington Central HS, as well as redefine Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS program and boundaries. Option 19 is staff recommended in order to address:

  • Low enrolments at Lester B. Pearson HS and low-utilization at M.M. Robinson HS by closing Lester B. Pearson HS;
  • Low enrolments at Aldershot HS, under-utilization at Burlington Central HS by closing Burlington Central HS and redistributing students to Nelson HS and Aldershot HS;
  • High enrolments at Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS by redistribution of students to Robert Bateman HS and the removal of the FI program and redirecting FI students to M.M. Robinson HS;
  • Low enrolments and low-utilization at Robert Bateman HS by adding a FI program and by redistribution of students from Nelson HS and Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS.

Lester B. Pearson HS

The preferred staff option (Option 19) is to close Lester B. Pearson HS effective the end of June 2018. All students currently at Lester B. Pearson HS (including students enrolled in Late FI) can be accommodated at M.M. Robinson HS. The distance between the two schools is 1.6 km.

Closing Lester B. Pearson HS does not impact the issue of under enrolments at schools south of the QEW. The Halton DSB still has 956 available pupil places, this includes the overcapacity of Dr. Frank J. Hayden HS. Taking into account only the schools located south of the QEW, there is an availability of 1200 pupil places.

Burlington Central HS

Also, it is staff’s preferred option that Burlington Central HS be closed effective the end of June 2018. All secondary students, west of Brant St., will be redirected to Aldershot HS and secondary students east of Brant St to be redirected to Nelson HS. This recommendation does not include the redirection of Grade 7 and 8 students from the Burlington Central Elementary PS. In the event that the decision is made to close this high school school, there is a potential that a Program and Accommodation Review may be required for the elementary schools that currently feed into Burlington Central PS for Grades 7 and 8.

Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS

Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS has exceeded total capacity. Current trends indicate growth will continue until 2021. Staff recommends changing its catchment and removing the FI program. English and FI students south of Upper Middle Rd. will be redirected to Robert Bateman HS. French Immersion students residing north of Upper Middle Rd.will be redirected to M.M. Robinson HS. As a result of this recommendation Dr. Frank Hayden SS enrolments are expected to be close to OTG capacity.

Aldershot HS

The Aldershot HS catchment will be expanded east to Brant St, as a result of closing Burlington Central HS. Enrolments indicate total capacity will exceed the secondary allotment of the OTG by 2018. The Aldershot facility size is 1018 pupil places. Ten portables can be placed on the site. Should this recommendation be approved, a PAR maybe required for the elementary schools in the Aldershot community.

M.M.Robinson HS

In the staff recommendation, M.M. Robinson HS English catchment is expanded to include the current Lester B. Pearson HS catchment. The Late French Immersion program currently at Lester B. Pearson HS will be redirected to M.M. Robinson HS. Staff recommends to expand the FI catchment to include the current Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS area north of Upper Middle Rd. M.M. Robinson HS utilization is projected to increase to 100% in 2018. SC-SPED programs will remain at M.M. Robinson HS.

Nelson HS

Under Option 19, Nelson HS English catchment expands east to Brant St. The FI program at Nelson HS will be divided along Appleby Line. Students that reside west of Appleby Line will remain at Nelson HS and students that reside east of Appleby Line to be redirected to Robert Bateman HS. There is no proposed changes to the Secondary Gifted Placement. Utilization should immediately increase to close to 85% then slowly decline and stabilize at 80% capacity.

Robert Bateman HS

It is staff recommended to establish a new FI program at Robert Bateman HS. The recommended boundary will expand Robert Bateman HS catchment English and French Immersion to north of the QEW, south of Upper Middle Rd and east of Appleby Line. The International Baccalaureate program and SC-SPED program will remain as status quo. Utilization is projected to increase to 73% in 2018.

This staff recommendation is based on a programming decision to create a more opportunities in education and extra-circular activities for the students the Burlington communities.

Late Bus for Rural HS Students

Rural Burlington students attending HDSB high schools are provided with a late bus because there is no public transit through rural Burlington. The late bus starts Wed Sep 3rd, running after school once daily all year long. It departs Lester B. Pearson HS at 5:00pm, travels to Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS and leaves there at 5:05pm. Here is the Rural Burlington Late Bus Route 2014/15. Continue reading

Hayden Math

Hayden Math Skills Tune Up Camp for students entering Grade 9

  • 9am-3pm daily, Mon Aug 25th – Thu Aug 29th
  • registrations due Wed Aug 20th, but there is no cost

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Partnering Hayden & Alton Library

Hayden students enjoying the Alton Library. What an amazing partnership!

Hayden’s First Year

From Principal Jacqueline Newton: Hayden SS: Reflections of Our First Year, 2013/14

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Dundas Street Pedestrian Bridge

Dundas Street Community Safety Zone Not the Solution

As I was driving to CRB’s grade 8 graduation ceremony on Jun 25th, I watched Halton Region staff installing signs warning motorists of the newly designated “Community Safety Zone”. (why in June 2014 and not September 2013 when Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS opened?) Mind you, I am skeptical the Community Safety Zone will prevent pedestrians from being hit by a motor vehicle. Certainly when there is a police car present, it will cause drivers to brake and obey the speed limit or face large fines. 

If elected, I will work hard to earn the required City and Regional Council votes to approve the build of a pedestrian bridge over Dundas Street near Tim Dobbie Drive. 

A truly livable city requires planning for safe road crossings. People of all ages, from young families with strollers and toddlers, to seniors with walkers should be able to safely cross Dundas Street to enjoy the library, recreation centre, wading pool, soccer fields and skateboard park. As well, residents from Alton Village need to safely cross Dundas Street to visit the grocery store, bank, walk-in medical centre, and the myriad of restaurants. As the Hayden secondary school grows, there will be more and more students crossing at bell-times, during lunch period as well as hours before and after school due to their participation in extra-curricular activities.

City Council approved intensive development on both sides of this major commuting road. Their planning should have included the necessary infrastructure to keep pedestrians safe while crossing this road. This dangerous situation needs to be rectified and included in the dramatic expansion of Dundas Street in 2017.

The May 21, 2014 Halton Region report PW-18-14 – Uniform Traffic Control By-law Amendments states,

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