At the Jan. 24, 2011 Board meeting, HWDSB Trustees approved a recommendation to initiate an Accommodation Review Process which included Dalewood, Prince Philip and George R. Allan elementary schools. The mandate of the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) was to produce an Accommodation Report to the Board of Trustees which addressed the accommodation issues within the review area through the recognition of a number of different criteria including accommodation, facility condition, program, transportation, funding and implementation of the ARC recommendation.
The Dalewood ARC, which consisted of parents, teaching and non-teaching staff, principals, trustees and community representatives began its work on April 6, 2011. The committee met over an 8 month period and held 10 working group meetings and four public ‘town hall’ style meetings. On Dec. 2, 2011 the ARC submitted its official report to the Director of Educationwhich included the following accommodation strategy.
All three of the schools identified in the Dalewood ARC remain open and their existing grade structure and program offering remain intact. The approval of this recommendation was achieved through a consensus vote at Working Group Meeting #7. This is a cost effective option that protects the distinct healthy walkable communities within the ARC, and is most responsive to the data considered and the input received from the community.
The following report identifies the post-ARC timelines and provides an analysis of the Dalewood ARC recommendation/additional considerations. The report also provides an accommodation option developed by Board staff which reflects the criteria including accommodation, facility condition, program, transportation, funding and implementation. (Read the final staff report below.)