Sunday, February 14, 2010

Public Meetings to Consider School Closure

PUBLIC MEETINGS TO CONSIDER SCHOOL CLOSURES:

Following the February 9, 2010 board meeting,  the schedule below has been created for the public meetings, in accordance with Board Policy FL.BP School Closure and the School Act Alberta Regulation 238/97 - Closure of Schools Regulation.


The meetings have been scheduled at the schools listed below on the dates indicated.  All meetings are scheduled from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday March 4 Eastwood School 12023 – 81 Street

Monday March 8 McCauley School 9538 – 107 Avenue

Wednesday March 10 Parkdale School 11648 – 85 Street

Thursday March 11 Spruce Avenue School 11424 – 102 Street

Monday March 15 Capilano School 10720 – 54 Street

Wednesday March 17 Fulton Place School 10310 – 56 Street


As outlined by the Closure of Schools Regulation, the following will have occurred prior to each meeting:

• Parents/guardians of students at schools where the school closure process has been initiated will receive a letter informing them of the public meeting along with an information package.

• Notice of the meetings will appear in the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, and Edmonton Examiner.

• Public meeting notices will be posted in 5 or more conspicuous places in the area or areas of the school or schools affected by the closure.

• Posters advertising the public meetings will be e-mailed to Principals and Administrative Assistants of schools identified for closure and receiving schools. Any other schools affected by closure will be asked to place advertisement on all doors of the school until the final public meeting date. School staff will ensure signage is re-posted if removed.

• A letter will be sent to the City of Edmonton providing notice of the public meetings and requesting that the municipality provide a statement to the Board of the impact the closure may have on the community.

• Presidents of the community league(s) will receive notification of the meeting and an invitation to attend.

The administration will schedule staff meetings with all schools that have been considered for closure. These meetings will be attended by union presidents or a designate from each staff group, and staff from Planning and Human Resources to provide information and answer questions and concerns related to a possible school closure.

Outcomes of the school closure process and recommendations will be presented at the Tuesday, April 13, 2010 public board meeting.

In accordance with the Closure of Schools Regulation, at least two trustees of the Board are required to attend the public meeting.

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