Administrative Review Completed For Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
McGuinty Government Accepts Independent Facilitator's Report
Independent facilitator Joan Green has concluded in her report that the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board followed its own policy with the exception of two technical violations in conducting its accommodation review of Peterborough secondary schools.
Green's report was accepted by the Ministry of Education.
Although Green does not recommend that the board redo the accommodation review, she recommends that the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board strengthen its policy to support more deliberative accommodation review processes in the future. Green also expresses confidence that secondary schools and students in the City of Peterborough will be well served with the excellent facilities and programming being planned.
The ministry approved the community's request for an administrative review of the board's process after local concerns were raised. Green, the founding CEO of the Ontario Education Quality and Accountability Office, consulted with the local accommodation review committee, the school board and people who participated in the process.Decisions about student accommodations - including school closures - are the responsibility of locally elected school boards. Boards were required to develop accommodation review processes that comply with the government's Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline, which emphasizes community consultation, transparency and local accountability. Administrative reviews help communities and boards fulfill those core principles.
- Since 2002-03, the McGuinty government has increased funding to the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board by more than 30 per cent to support local students.
- Since 2002-03, the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School board has opened seven new schools, with another one being planned.
- Final decisions regarding school closures rest with the local board of trustees.
- The ministry encourages students, parents and community members to get involved in the accommodation review process as local feedback is key to a thorough review.
- The ministry's Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline mandates minimum timelines for consultation and an evaluation process based on the value of a school to its students and the community.
- The guideline helps direct boards during pupil accommodation reviews, which are required in most circumstances when a school closure is considered.
- Joan Green has performed other independent reviews of school closure processes, providing valuable feedback to school boards, communities and the ministry.