Friday, October 9, 2009

Sector Review- Hardisty/City Centre

EPSB is committed to creating meaningful opportunities for public engagement on the critically important issue of excess school space. There can be no denying that this is an issue which must be tackled now: with the addition of six new schools in 2010 and looming budget cuts, the pressure to consider the consolidation of schools is increasing exponentially. A new process, called Sector Planning, will allow us to look at schools as part of complex picture--to examine the surrounding schools and programs, to ensure rich educational experiences for all children, to evaluate the impact on our transportation department (ride times, congestion, etc.) and to consider community needs & values in our decision-making. We are aiming to make decisions that reflect a wholistic, big picture view, while at the same time recognizing the particular uniqueness of individual communities and schools. It's not going to be easy and we need your participation to come up with solutions we can all live with!

An independent company has been hired to help facilitate community conversations. Here's some info on the process. The first two areas (Greater Hardisty and City Centre Project) are not in my ward, however, West One Sector takes in almost all of my ward and West One is scheduled to be going through this process in 2010. Therefore, I've highlighted a couple of things that may be of interest to people in Ward C. -Sue

Sector Planning is a review of all school space within Edmonton Public Schools, to address areas of low enrolment, low class size, and a surplus of school space. The plan will show where new schools are needed, and how existing schools can be renewed to serve students in the future. The main focus on this approach is to make sure all students have quality programs and schools in their sector and at the same time allow communities to benefit from any surplus space in the schools.

From October through December 2009, Edmonton Public Schools will be engaging people in a number of different conversations about the possibilities and challenges of school space as part of a complete and vibrant community. Reports will be prepared from each event, and a final report outlining what has been heard will be presented to Trustees in January 2010, for implementation in September 2010. In 2010 the conversation will extend to Central, South Central and West 1 Sectors.

LEARN about the issues
Throughout the project, we’ll provide information, updates and reports on what we are hearing. You can learn more by:
• Visiting the website at http://sectorreview.bangthetable.com
• Visit the school in your area – starting in late October, they’ll have information available
• Attend the Presentation on the Sector Planning Public Engagement Process to Board Trustees on October 27, 2009


PARTICIPATE in the conversation
Use the Workbook
Using the workbook as a conversation starter, you can learn about the issues and share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions
• Become a volunteer and host your own conversation using the workbook.
• Attend a training session to learn how to host a conversation using the workbook
• Participate in a discussion hosted by a friend, classmate, colleague or neighbour
• Complete the workbook yourself – you can pick it up at your school at the end of October, or download it from the website and fill it in online

TRAINING SESSIONS (to learn how to host conversations)
October 26, 2009
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
McNally School
8440, 105 Avenue

October 29, 2009
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
John A. McDougall School, Cafeteria
10930, 107 Street

November 7, 2009
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Centre for Education
One Kingsway

Attend a Community Forum (Times/dates/locations found at end of this post)
• Attend a Community Forum to talk about what is important to you and talk with others about the principles for how, where and when school space is used in the community.
• These forums are NOT drop-in format, and we encourage you to be part of the conversation for the entire time.

Participate in a Workshop
• Participate in a workshop that will build on the input received from the workbook and forums, and focus on how to use school space in the local community.
• These workshops are drop-in format, so please come when you can and plan to say for about 90 minutes

Complete a Questionnaire
• Respond to a questionnaire, online or in hard copy, and tell us your comments and thoughts.
• Available from November 30 – December 14, 2009.

Find out MORE or RSVP to attend a session
If you have a question, comment or need more information, please contact us.
Email: info@dialoguepartners.ca
Phone: 1-866-269-1276 ext 102

COMMUNITY FORUMS
November 12, 2009
5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
McNally School
8440, 105 Avenue
With a focus on the GREATER HARDISTY AREA

November 14, 2009
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Centre for Education, Conference Centre
One Kingsway
With a focus on the
CITY CENTRE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP AREA

WORKSHOPS
November 30, 2009
4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
McNally School
8440, 105 Avenue
With a focus on the GREATER HARDISTY AREA


December 1, 2009
4:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
John A. McDougall School
10930, 107 Street
With a focus on the
CITY CENTRE EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP AREA

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