Administrative Reviews To Begin In Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
McGuinty Government Appoints Margaret Wilson to Examine Processes
Margaret Wilson has been appointed as the independent facilitator to examine the accommodation review processes for two schools in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.
Wilson, a former Registrar and CEO of the Ontario College of Teachers, will consult with local accommodation review committees, the school board and people who participated in the process. An administrative review's mandate is to determine if the board followed its locally developed accommodation review process.
The Ministry of Education approved requests for administrative review of the board's accommodation review processes related to St. James School in Mississauga and Mother Mary Ward School in Brampton. Wilson will begin work the week of March 23 and upon completion of her review, will provide Education Minister Kathleen Wynne with a final report. Wynne will release the report's findings to the school board and the public.
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 consultation, transparency and local accountability. Administrative reviews help communities and boards fulfill those core principles.
- 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.
- The ministry has no authority to over-turn school closure decisions or delay their implementation.
- Margaret Wilson has extensive experience in the education sector, including 17 years as a classroom teacher, over 20 years in senior executive positions at teacher federations and education organizations. In addition, she has served on many Ministry of Education committees and task forces.