Feedback invited on school review recommendations
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, January 10, 2017 – The Public Schools Branch invites Islanders to comment on the draft recommendations of the school review that are now available online.
The review is intended to achieve a more balanced distribution of students and teachers in Island schools and more equal access to high-quality learning opportunities.
Online feedback can be provided at www.princeedwardisland.ca/betterlearningforall. In addition, public meetings will be held as follows:
- Charlottetown Rural and Colonel Gray families of schools – February 1, 7 p.m., Colonel Gray High School gym;
- Kinkora family of schools – February 2, 7 p.m., Kinkora Regional High School gym;
- Montague family of schools – February 7, 7 p.m., Montague Regional High School cafeteria;
- Morell family of schools – February 8, 7 p.m., Morell Regional High School gym; and
- Westisle family of schools – February 9, 7 p.m., Westisle Composite High School gym.
Individuals can make a presentation at a public meeting by booking a time in advance through Bob Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-368-5868. Each presentation should be kept to 10 minutes or less to accommodate as many as possible.
The school review began September 27, 2016 when the Public Schools Branch Board of Directors announced an in-depth study of six families of schools: Westisle, Kinkora, Charlottetown Rural, Colonel Gray, Morell and Montague families of schools.
More information is available at www.princeedwardisland.ca/betterlearningforall.
The Public Schools Branch is required to review schools every five years to identify and address challenges they may be facing such as physical, program, capacity, financial, demographic or other challenges that impact learning and the use of education resources.
The policy requires that changes to schools are made using the following five-step process.
Step 1: Data collection and board direction
Following the collection of data on existing and projected school capacity, utilization and enrollments, the board of directors asked for a more in-depth study of six families of schools.
Step 2: Public consultations to review viable options
Data was shared with school communities and public consultations were held to identify viable options for change.
Step 3: Board recommendations
Draft recommendations for change were prepared based on the data and public input.
Step 4: 60 days of public input on the recommendations
The review is now moving into Step 4 which involves a 60-day period for the board of directors to receive feedback on the draft recommendations.
Step 5: Final decision
The board makes final decisions on any changes to schools.