New guidelines for school closures

December 9, 2014 at 4:36 pm Leave a comment

Source: From the People for Education website:

Major changes coming for school closing process: Currently, school boards must undertake a fairly lengthy public process when they are considering closing or consolidating schools. The Ministry is planning significant changes to the guidelines for the review process. You can review the full document and submit comments.

The new guidelines would:

  • shorten the minimum Accommodation Review process from 7 months to 5 months, with 2 public meetings required instead of 4.
  • require school boards to outline options and recommendations at the beginning of the Accommodation Review process.
  • change the role of the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC). Instead of providing options and voting on recommendations, the ARC would provide a summary of feedback on the board’s recommendations, and act as a conduit for information sharing between the school board and the affected school communities.
  • require boards to invite municipalities to be part of the process.
  • allow boards to develop a framework for an even shorter process (2 1/2 months)  in cases where there is already fairly widespread agreement. In those cases, there would be no ARC. Instead there would be one open public meeting, and the public could make delegations before the board vote.change the role of the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC). Instead of providing options and voting on recommendations, the ARC would provide a summary of feedback on the board’s recommendations, and act as a conduit for information sharing between the school board and the affected school communities.

Check it out!

Rowan

 

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