At the Regular Meeting of the Board on Nov. 22, 2016, Peel District School Board trustees approved a Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR) for Alloa, Alton, Belfountain, Caledon Central, and Credit View public schools. Due to low utilization and enrolment rates at some of the affected schools, the Board of Trustees approved a modified PAR process, which takes approximately four months to complete.
Initial Staff Report:
Peel board staff began the PAR process by presenting the Initial Staff Report
to trustees on Dec. 12, 2016. The report recommended closing Credit View Public School and relocating students to available space at Belfountain and Caledon Central Public Schools, effective September 2018 (or earlier, if staffing timelines permit). Redirection of students to Alloa P.S. and a boundary change
between Alton and Belfountain Public Schools was also recommended to better geographically align the boundaries between the schools.
Community consultation is an important part of the PAR process. The Peel board's PAR policy requires that we hold one public meeting as part of the modified PAR process where families and members of the public will have the opportunity for genuine input and discussion. A public meeting took place on Feb. 6, 2017 at Belfountain Public School. Families of affected schools were invited via letter and synrevoice message. All input was taken into consideration and helped to shape revised recommendations in the Final Staff Report.
Final Staff Report:
At the Regular Meeting of the Board on Feb. 28, 2017, Peel board staff presented the Final Staff Report to trustees for receipt only. Trustees will take these recommendations and public feedback into consideration before making their final decision on April 12, 2017.
Final Staff Report Recommendations
- Close Credit View Public School at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
Enrolment at Credit View has continued to decline to the point where, because enrolment is spread over 10 grades (JK-8), every grade is split, and no grade has more than 13 students, resulting in limited organizational opportunities and social interaction for students within their cohort. Six grades have less than 10 students. One grade has only two students. As a result, staff is recommending closing Credit View Public School. Upon consultation with affected unions and communities, it was determined that a closure by the end of the 2016-17 school year was reasonable and in the best interest of students and their families.
If approved, effective September 2017, Credit View students in kindergarten to grade 6 would be redirected to Belfountain Public School, and grade 7 to 8 students would attend Alloa Public School. By redirecting Credit View students to Belfountain Public School for kindergarten to grade 6, and then to Alloa Public School for grades 7 and 8, families within the same community are able to attend the same schools.
- Change the boundaries of Alton and Belfountain Public School to better geographically align the boundaries.
See attached maps to view recommended boundary changes. Effective September 2017, students living in the shaded area would attend Alton Public School for kindergarten to grade 6. Current Belfountain students in grade 5 would be provided the option of remaining at Belfountain for the 2017-18 school year, along with their siblings. For the 2018-19 school year, grade 6 students would move on to Caledon Central for grade 7 and 8, and their younger siblings would be directed to Alton.
It's important to note that these recommendations are just that—no firm decisions have been made. Trustees will take these recommendations and public feedback into consideration before making their final decision on April 12, 2017.
The proposed schedule of PAR activities is as follows:
|December 12, 2016||Initial Staff Report to Board recommending a Modified PAR|
|February 6, 2017||Public Meeting to present Initial Staff Report|
Belfountain Public School, 7 - 9 p.m.
View: flyer, minutes, presentation
|February 28, 2017||Final Staff Report to Board for Receipt|
|March 22, 2017||Public Delegations to Regular Meeting of the Board|
|April 12, 2017||Final Staff Report to Board for Approval|
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