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Administrative Review Completed At Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

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Administrative Review Completed At Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Ministry of Education Accepts Independent Facilitator’s Report

Ministry of Education

The Ministry of Education accepts independent facilitator Margaret Wilson's reports examining the accommodation review processes for two elementary schools of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

The reports state that the board did follow its locally developed accommodation review processes for St. James Elementary School in Mississauga and Mother Mary Ward Elementary School in Brampton. 

The ministry approved the requests for administrative reviews of the board's processes. 

Wilson, a former registrar and chief executive officer of the Ontario College of Teachers, consulted with local accommodation review committees, 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 consultation, transparency and local accountability.  Administrative reviews help communities and boards fulfill those core principles.

Quick Facts

  • 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 overturn 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.

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“I want to thank everyone who co-operated with Ms. Wilson in this review. Public education is a partnership with parents and the community. It is clear the board respects this partnership and takes its responsibility to students seriously.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Education

“I hope that both communities will start to work together on the consolidation process, in the interest of all of their children.”

Margaret Wilson

independent facilitator

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