HWDSB is committed to creating innovative learning environments for the 21st century that support student achievement. To do that, we need to have expanded dialogue about what challenges and opportunities our students face and ensure our secondary schools support our students. The Secondary Accommodation Review is that process. Schools are looked at in groups in order to develop recommendations to trustees that make the best use of location, space and programming. These reviews included 15 schools. Three schools – Saltfleet, Waterdown and Westmount – were exempt because they are over capacity. Those committees were broken down into the following areas for ARCs that ran from January 2011 to May 2012:
- North ARC: Delta, Glendale, Orchard Park, Parkview, Sir John A Macdonald, Sir Winston Churchill.
- South ARC:Barton, Hill Park, Mountain, Sherwood, Sir Allan MacNab.
- West ARC: Ancaster High, Highland, Parkside and Westdale
NORTH ARC DECISION
At a Board meeting on May 28, 2012, Trustees ratified a motion regarding the North Area Accommodation Review: The North Area Review decision will seek to build a new $31-million school at a centrally-located site in the lower city and close Delta, Parkview and Sir John A. Macdonald no later than June 2015. Find the meeting agenda here and a video of the decision here.
SOUTH ARC DECISION
At a Board meeting on May 28, 2012, Trustees passed a motion regarding the South Area Accommodation Review: The South Area Review decision will seek to build a new $25-million school on the southeast Mountain and close Barton, Hill Park and Mountain secondary schools no later than June 2015. Find the meeting agenda here as well as correspondence from the public known as “Concept F” and a video of the decision here.
WEST ARC DECISION
At a Board meeting May 28, 2012, Trustees passed and ratified a motion regarding the West Area Accommodation Review: The West Area Review decision will seek, as its preferred option, to build a new $25-million secondary school on the Highland site to open for September 2015, and close Highland and Parkside in June 2015. If this new school option is exhausted, the Board will pursue $15 million in extensive renovations to Highland before closing Parkside secondary in June 2014 and realigning catchment boundaries with Highland for September 2014. Find a video of the decision here.
Public consultation is at the heart of the accommodation review process. A minimum of four public meetings are to be held by each of the accommodation review committees, as well as a number of additional working meetings. The goal is to engage a wide range of school and community groups to participate in the consultation in order to make the recommendations to trustees. Committee members include principals, teachers, parents, students and community members.