School Board Discussion

2016-05-25 19:00

Message from Shawn Menard, School Board Trustee

On Wednesday May 25th, at Glebe Collegiate, my colleagues Trustee Braunovan (Somerset/Kitchissippi) and Trustee Ellis (Rideau–Rockcliffe/ Alta Vista) and I (Capital ward and Rideau-Vanier) will be hosting an open discussion regarding the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.
School Board Discussion
Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 7pm
Glebe Collegiate Library (Basement Level)

The topics include the recently tabled draft 2016-2017 Budget, proposed changes to Secondary Schools, as well as information about upcoming accommodation reviews being planned city-wide.

Please find more information below on each of the topics.

Budget 2016-2017
The latest staff tabled Budget contains many measures to return the School Board to balance for this upcoming year. Concerns have been expressed regarding the amount of reductions, particularly to special education staff, assistance for Syrian refugees and school office staff. The School Board is mandated to balance its Budget every year, however, there are moving pieces and options to refocus on priority areas. You can also go to to find out more information. I am concerned that the draft budget as tabled may result in negative outcomes for student learning and well-being and I will be bringing amendments.

Secondary School Review
Secondary School Review consultations are coming to a close and staff will be reviewing the community feedback before making final recommendations to Committee of the Whole on June 7th. There is still time to express your views at, as well as during Trustee deliberations on June 7th.

The Secondary School Program Review was initiated in 2011 to review the way programs and services are delivered in secondary schools, using the lens of equity of access and breadth of programming. Recommendations will outline changes to the delivery framework.
The Secondary School Review is proposing several major changes:

  • School Configurations: Moving to eliminate Grade 7-8 schools and move to a model of K-6 or K-8 and 7-12 or 9-12 schools.
  • Specialist High Skills Major Programs: The clear articulation that a placement in an inter-school program does not require a cross-boundary transfer and allowing the student the option to finish their high school graduation requirements in the host school, if so desired.
  • French as a Second Language: The expectation that all secondary schools that offer regular day school programs will offer both core French and French immersion courses, thereby making all program pathways (core/extended/immersion) available to students based on the number of credits in French that are undertaken.
  • International Baccalaureate /Advanced Placement: Consideration is being given to making application for a second IB site in the western part of the school district.

Accommodation Reviews
Multi-Year Student Learning and Pupil Accommodation Planning will be the focus of the Board over the next several years. On May 17th, staff brought forward a discussion report outlining a multi-year strategy for student learning and pupil accommodation reviews, which could result in recommendations for school closures, school consolidations and significant boundary changes. I will remain active on this file and will be working to ensure our downtown schools remain vibrant.

As always, if you have any questions or comments please send me a note or call: