Administrative Review Completed For Durham District School Board
Ontario Government Accepts Independent Facilitator's Report
Independent facilitator Joan Green has concluded in her report that the Durham District School Board did not violate its own policy during an accommodation review of schools in Scugog Township.
Green's report was accepted by the Ministry of Education.
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, board officials and community members who participated in the process.
Decisions about student accommodations - including school closures - are the responsibility of locally elected school boards. Boards are required to develop an accommodation review process that complies 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 Ontario government has increased Grants for Student Needs funding to the Durham District School Board by about 53 per cent to support local students.
- Since 2002-03, the Durham District School Board has opened 19 new schools, with another five schools planned or under construction.
- 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 important 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.