Western Area Review final recommendations

The OCDSB recently published its review for the Western Accommodation Review. The final staff recommended changes are as follows:

  • Bell High School (HS) would become a grade 7–12 school;
  • D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School (IS) would close;
  • Bells Corners Public School (PS), Lakeview PS and Bayshore PS would become JK–grade 6 schools, with Bells Corners PS offering English (ENG) and Middle French Immersion (MFI), Lakeview PS offering Early French Immersion (EFI), and Bayshore PS offering ENG and EFI;

The final decision will be made on March 1, 2017.

Here is the link to the Western Area Review updated January 27, 2017.

Council meeting and Western Area Review public meeting

Welcome back to everyone after the holiday break!

This a reminder that the Lakeview School Council Meeting for January will take place next Tuesday, January 17th, at 6:45 pm in the school library. This is a week later than normal as the OCDSB will be holding the second (and last) public meeting in regards to the Western Area Review this Tuesday, January 10th. We encourage everyone to attend as some changes have been made to the proposal for the Bell Family of Schools.

See below for more information that was provide by OCDSB:

Reminder Public Meetings – OCDSB Multi-Year Plan for Student Learning and Accommodation

The second public meetings for the Eastern Secondary and Western Area reviews are scheduled for next week. All parents, guardians, students and community members are welcome to attend.

Western Area Review – January 10, 2017 – Woodroffe High School

  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Open House
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Public Meeting

Eastern Secondary Review – January 11, 2017 – Gloucester High School

  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Open House
  • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Public Meeting

Please note that there is an Open House from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on both dates which will include displays and exhibits and staff will be available for questions. The formal part of the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will include a staff presentation as well as a question and answer forum. You will find more information on each review here, as well as the results from our online consultation here.

Next Steps

The feedback from the online consultation, advisory committees and public meetings will be reviewed by staff and will inform the development of staff recommendations for Committee of the Whole. The staff report is scheduled for release on January 27, 2017.

The reports with recommendations will be considered by Committee of the Whole on the following dates:

  • February 13, 2017 – Western Area Review
  • February 15, 2017 – Eastern Secondary Review

Email – If you have questions or concerns regarding the proposed changes for the reviews, you can email easternsecondaryreview@ocdsb.ca or westernareareview@ocdsb.ca

Western Area Review: Your feedback is needed

This is just a reminder from Lakeview’s Western Area Accommodation Review Committee that we want your feedback regarding the 3 new options presented by the board. Please send your comments/concerns to Jen Nielsen at jen.nielsen08@gmail.com. The deadline is 4 pm on Tuesday, Dec. 20th. She will be sending a final report with feedback from the community on Wednesday, Dec. 21st.

OCDSB is reconsidering removing EFI from Lakeview: Your input is needed

Update on Western Area Review

The Western Area Accommodation Committee appreciates comments you have about TWO NEW options given to the committee for review.

These options keep the EFI program at Lakeview PS while introducing an EFI program at Bells Corners PS (Option #1) or at Bayshore PS (Option #2). A third option was looked at, D.A. Moodie Intermediate School becoming a Grade JK-8 school, but this option did not meet the criteria set out on page 2 of the attached PDF.

This same request for feedback will be distributed to the Lakeview PS, Bells Corners PS, Bayshore PS and D.A. Moodie IS families for feedback. Families should only complete one survey if you have children in more than one of these schools.

Please provide any comments on these alternatives to Jen Nielsen at jen.nielsen08@gmail.com before Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

The Details

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) has provided two new options that affect the original proposals for changes for Lakeview Public School, Bells Corners Public School, and Bayshore Public School. Details of the following two new options can be found in the attached PDF on pages 3 and 4. Option #2 has more support from the OCDSB staff because it addresses the OCDSB criteria of “consolidation of program”.

Option #1 – Introduction of Early French Immersion (EFI) at Bells Corners Public School [Note: this option is not seriously considered as it does not align with the criteria]

  • Bells Corners PS becomes a JK-6 ENG, EFI, and MFI triple track
    school with some boundary changes;
  • This change would be introduced slowly, starting with JK-1 in the
    first year and adding one grade per year, with JK-6 being reached in 2022;
  • This is expected to reduce Lakeview PS’s 363 students to 325
    students, in 2017 (Lakeview PS would still be 13% above capacity). This
    expected number of students at Bells Corners PS in 2017 would be
    approximately (26% below capacity); and
  • In 2022, when Bells Corners PS has all grades JK-6 ENG, EFI and MFI tracks, Lakeview PS would have 301 students (Lakeview PS would still be 5% over capacity) and Bells Corners PS would have 402 students (18% under capacity), while Bayshore PS would be 51% under capacity.

Option #1 has the potential to split children from the same family between Lakeview PS and Bells Corners PS. Students who are already in the EFI program at Lakeview PS would stay at Lakeview PS, even though their younger siblings would end up starting the EFI program at Bells Corners PS.

Option #2 – Introduction of Early French Immersion at Bayshore Public School [this option is more closely aligned with the evaluation criteria from the Board and has support from the parent representatives]

  • Bayshore PS would become a JK-6 ENG and EFI dual track school with the EFI boundary the same as its current ENG boundary;
  • This change would be introduced slowly, starting with JK-1 in the
    first year and adding one grade per year, with JK-6 being reached in 2022;
  • In 2017, this will reduce Lakeview PS’s 363 students to 308 students (Lakeview PS would still be 7% above capacity). This expected number of students at Bayshore PS in 2017 would be approximately 375 (37% below capacity); and
  • In 2022, when Bayshore PS has all grades JK-6 ENG and EFI, Lakeview PS would have 260 students (Lakeview PS would be 10% under capacity) and Bayshore PS would have 423 students (29% under capacity), while Bells Corners PS would be 36% under capacity.

Option #2 has the potential to split children from the same family between Lakeview PS and Bayshore PS. Students who are already in the EFI program at Lakeview PS would stay at Lakeview PS, even though their younger siblings would end up starting the EFI program at Bayshore PS.

Timeline

  • December 6, 2016: Last scheduled Advisory Committee meeting was held
  • 20 December 2016: We have received your comments based on the information in this e-mail
  • 23 December 2016: Consolidated comments about the Alternative
    Options #1 and #2 sent by us to OCDSB staff
  • 10 January 2017: Last Public meeting
  • 27 January 2017: Final report released for Board consideration
  • 13 February 2017: Committee of the Whole will discuss the
    recommendations
  • 01 March 2017: Final Board decision

Thanks for your comments.

Sincerely,
Jen Nielsen

Survey about the closure of DA Moodie

D.A. Moodie School Council is conducting a survey to gets parents’ and students’ thoughts on the proposed closure of D.A. Moodie and moving of Grade 7 and 8 students to Bell High School. If you have children at D.A. Moodie, please fill out this survey (see link below).

For those who do not have children that currently attend D.A. Moodie, this proposed change will affect you and your children so please take the time to fill out the survey as well.

D.A. Moodie Survey

BCPS/LPS Western Area Review Survey Results

Thank-you to everyone who filled out the BCPS/LPS Western Area Review Survey. We have now closed the survey and the summary results can be found below. The results have been passed on to the Western Area Review Committee for the Bell Family of Schools for inclusion in their discussions.

Lakeview PS and Bells Corners PS Western Area Review Survey Results (PDF)

Western Area Review Survey for Lakeview and Bells Corners families

Hello,

The OCDSB is currently undergoing a Secondary School Review. The Bell Family of schools (Bell HS, D.A Moodie, Bayshore PS, Bells Corners PS, Lakeview PS) falls under the Western Area portion of the Secondary School review. The OCDSB has provided purposed changes, one of which would switch the programs offered at BCPS and Lakeview Public School.

Please fill out the following survey (see link below), which has been developed by representatives of both Bells Corners and Lakeview School Councils. In the survey, we are asking questions that we feel have not been asked and researched previously. We are looking at presenting the results of this survey at the Western Area Public Meeting on October 27th so we would ask that you respond by October 25th.

Bells Corners Public School & Lakeview Public School – OCDSB Western Area Accommodation Review (WAAR) Survey

We look forward to your responses.

Thank-you

BCPS and Lakeview Public School co-chairs.