Today the Halton District School Board received the Administrative Review report regarding the Burlington Secondary Program and Accommodation Review (PAR) process from the Ministry of Education.
The report concludes the Halton District School Board followed its process for the Program and Accommodation review of Burlington secondary schools. This report does not change the Board of Trustees' decision from June 7, 2017 to close Lester B. Pearson High School and Robert Bateman High School.
The report contains recommendations by the provincially-appointed, independent facilitator Margaret Wilson, who undertook a review of the Board's Burlington secondary accommodation review process in November and December 2017.
While there are suggestions for improving the process in the future, the report's conclusion states: “Based on my review and consultations, I conclude that, while there were violations of the Board PAR Policy, they were such that they had no material effect on either the deliberations of the PARC or on the final decisions of the Board."
“We appreciate the comprehensive nature of this review," says Stuart Miller, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board. “We are pleased to see the recommendations in the report and we will review our Program and Accommodation Review Policy to ensure these recommendations are considered for the future."
“With the conclusion of this review, we will continue our work toward building new school communities, and our focus on positive transitions for students, their families, staff and the community," adds Miller. “We are committed to working with our school communities to ensure the smoothest possible transition."
For additional information, contact:
Marnie Denton, Manager, Communication Services
Halton District School Board
905-335-3663 Toll free: 1-877-618-3456