Friday, September 3, 2010

Sector Reviews- September/October 2010

This is from Dialogue Partners, the consulting firm that has been hired by EPSB to conduct the Sector Reviews this fall in all the mature neighbourhoods of Edmonton.


We hope you have had a wonderful summer. We are writing with an update and some important information on the Edmonton Public Schools Sector Planning Reviews in Central, South Central and West 1 Sectors.

It's been a long summer. What is sector planning again?

Just in case you weren't involved in the public engagement process in the spring, or the information is new to you, you may be wondering what we mean when we say sector planning.

Sector planning is about making the best possible use of available resources so that all students have access to vibrant schools and a range of quality programs in their sectors.

Sector review might mean change. Possible results include combining schools together, reorganization or relocation of programs or closure of some schools. Sectors are geographic areas of the City.

2. Update on participant input
Between April and June, public engagement for sector planning discussion focused on values based issues, seeking to understand what is most important to people. Edmonton Public Schools administration has made a commitment that the issues, concerns and values of participants will be considered and understood, and reflected in the recommendations from EPSB administration to Trustees.

We have posted the following materials to the sector review website at

· What Was Said reports from the workbooks - With over 600 workbooks submitted, the report is broken into 5 volumes of over 100 pages each.

· Questions and Answers - Three volumes of questions and answers have been posted to the website, with lots of additional facts and information.

· Summary of participant input from April to June - This report will be posted shortly, summarizing the input received from April to June.

3. You are invited to participate in a workshop
There are a series of "hands-on" workshops planned for each sector, where you will review the input to date, along with the facts and data and propose options on how to move forward in ways that address these issues. You can work through the details in a group or on your own, and Edmonton Public School representatives will be on hand as an additional resource.

When and where are the workshops?
The workshops are "drop in" format - you attend at the best time for you and stay as long as you can.

Central Sector

Tuesday, September 21
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Queen Elizabeth School Cafeteria

9425 - 132 Avenue

Monday, October 4

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Victoria School of the Arts  North Gym
10210 - 108 Avenue
Please note: Due to construction, there is a shortage of parking at Victoria School.

South Central Sector
Thursday, September 23
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
McNally School Library

8440 - 105 Avenue

Tuesday, October 5
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Vimy Ridge Academy Gym
8205 - 90 Avenue

West 1 Sector
Saturday, September 25
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Jasper Place School East Gym

8950 - 163 Street

Saturday, October 9
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Ross Sheppard School Small Gym (South)
13546 - 111 Avenue

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