Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Your input- where do we need schools?

Would like to give input on Edmonton Public School's Sector Planning Approach (regarding school space and school closure)? An independent firm is collecting input via telephone surveys until Sept. 25. See the full info below.

Edmonton Public Schools is in the process of implementing a Sector Planning Approach to manage student space. This project has a goal of building new schools in growth areas, renewing existing schools that are sustainable and transforming school space so that all students can access a quality facility.

This sector planning approach is being implemented in the Greater Hardisty and City Centre Areas first, and then in the Central, South Central and West 1 Sectors in 2010. The project will engage the community in a range of ways on several specific topics:
· Raising awareness and sharing information on how space is used
· Engaging the community in discussions on space requirements and configurations
· Involving the community in discussions on using closed space so that schools continue to serve as centres of the community

(Note: You can find more information about the Greater Hardisty and City Centre areas and the nine geographic sectors of Edmonton Public Schools on the website at www.epsb.ca)

As part of this process, Dialogue Partners Inc., an external consulting firm, has been hired to develop a public engagement program to engage the community to identify strategies and approaches to address space needs and requirements.

In order to develop a comprehensive public engagement plan that will guide upcoming community discussions, the consultant will be undertaking a series of interviews. These interviews will help to provide information about issues and values of importance, and ensure the development of a responsive and meaningful public engagement program.

Interviews will be conducted until September 25, 2009, and will include a range of people from different communities, perspectives and viewpoints. A member of the Dialogue Partners team will be contacting you in the next few days to determine your availability to participate in a telephone interview. We anticipate the telephone interview will take approximately 20 minutes.

If you would like to participate, please contact the Dialogue Partners team directly at info@dialoguepartners.ca or by phone at 1-866-269-1276. The contact person is Lynn Arif and her email is Lynn@dialoguepartners.ca. Her direct line is 613-724- 2450

A report will be prepared from the interviews and email submissions, while maintaining confidentiality of respondents.

We recognize that the timelines for the interview process are short; however, the interviews are a preliminary step in the development of the public engagement program. Many further opportunities for discussion and input will be provided once a final public engagement program has been developed.

If you have questions for Edmonton Public Schools about the sector planning project, please contact Michael Ediger at 780-429-8430 or by email at Michael.ediger@epsb.ca

We look forward to working with you to understand the issues and develop a comprehensive public engagement plan for this project. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration of this important project.

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