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.

Contentious Pineland PS Issues

Halton public board trustees vote to phase out English programming at Burlington elementary school

Burlington Post | Tim Whitnell | Oct 3, 2014

…At the Oct 1st Board meeting, after months of considering the views of parents on both sides of the issue, and the recommendations of not one but two board committees on the subject, HDSB trustees spent a couple hours more of often heated discussion to eventually unanimously pass a recommendation from [the Director regarding] the Pineland PS boundary review…

Board vice-chair Amy Collard to ask her fellow trustees to consider an amendment [that allowed only the siblings of students in Pineland’s FI program to attend for FDK]…

That didn’t appease Burlington trustee Jennifer Hlusko, the former trustee rep for Pineland. She said she was “disgusted” by the amendment saying it catered to parents and not to the needs of individual students, particularly those with special needs…

After sometimes rancorous debate on both sides, Collard withdrew her amendment and the original motion recommending scenario 3A passed.

Board meeting Sep 24th

Parents/guardians and interested parties are invited to attend the HDSB Program and Accommodation Committee Meeting 7:30pm Wed Sep 24th, Boardroom, JWSingleton Centre, 2050 Guelph Line. Director Euale and senior staff will be sharing a presentation on French Instruction Staffing: a look at how French Instruction is staffed, and the implications and considerations

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Burlington Elementary School Boundary Review Update

At the Jul 2nd Special Board meeting, trustees reconsidered the Jun 18th substitute motion from D. Bower and K. Lochhead. As a result of extensive discussion, the following motion carried, 8:2.  Continue reading

Special Board meeting Jul 2nd

Below please find the Jul 2nd Special Board meeting package. I have taken the time to separate & upload each public item to make it easier for you to investigate whichever reports interest you the most. Some reports you may wish to refer to previous information found in Board packages from my Board Jun18thBoard Jun 4thBoard May 21stBoard May 7th and Board Apr 16th posts.

As always, please do not hesitate to call, email or text me if you have any questions or comments. Likewise, I’m sure your Trustee will also be happy to hear from you! Continue reading

Burlington Elementary School Boundary Review 2014/15

At the Jun 18th Board meeting, trustees approved a substitute motion instead of voting upon the staff recommendation resulting from the ERA103 Boundary Review. Unfortunately, I was not present for that portion of the Board meeting because I was participating in the grade 8 graduation ceremony for Alton Village PS students. If I had been present at the first part of the Board meeting, I would not have supported the substitute motion for these reasons:

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Board meeting Jun18th

I will miss the first 2 hours of the Board meeting because I will be participating in the grade 8 graduation ceremony for my Alton Village PS students.

Below please find the Jun 18th Board meeting package. I have taken the time to separate & upload each public item to make it easier for you to investigate whichever reports interest you the most. Some reports you may wish to refer to previous information found in Board packages from my Board Jun 4thBoard May 21st, Board May 7th and Board Apr 16th posts.

As always, please do not hesitate to call, email or text me if you have any questions or comments. Likewise, I’m sure your Trustee will also be happy to hear from you!  Continue reading