Peel board public meeting asks for input on scenarios for possible school closure


    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - On Oct. 29, Peel District School Board
will hold the third of four public meetings about possible school
consolidation in southeast Mississauga. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at
Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, 1490 Ogden Ave., Mississauga. The
four schools in the review area under consideration are Byngmount Beach,
Lyndwood and Neil C. Matheson public schools and Allan A. Martin Sr. Public
School.
    In consultation with the community, the Accommodation Review Committee
has narrowed its options to:-   Create a K-5 school on the Byngmount Beach Public School site,
        consolidating the students from Byngmount Beach, Lyndwood, and
        Neil C. Matheson schools, with Allan A. Martin Sr. Public School
        receiving all students in grades 6-8.

    -   Create a K-5 school on the Lyndwood Public School site, consolidating
        the students from Lyndwood, Byngmount Beach, and Neil C. Matheson
        schools, with Allan A. Martin Sr. Public School receiving all
        students in grades 6-8.The process began with the school councils at each of the four schools in
the review area proposing a variety of scenarios. Members of the public were
also invited to submit scenarios. "These final two scenarios represent the
options that received the most support from parents, the community and members
of the ARC," says Janet McDougald, chair of the Peel board and the trustee
representing the four schools. "Either scenario would see the students in
kindergarten to grade 5 learning together in a school that's either brand new
or significantly renovated. Students in grades 6 to 8 would be together in the
middle school setting of Allan A. Martin. The ARC believes the main benefit of
either option will be to improve student learning - by bringing students
together, a consolidated school can offer a wider range of programs and
services."
    The consultation process is guided by an Accommodation Review Committee
appointed by the board, with representation from parents, school
administrators and community residents. Its mandate is to consider a variety
of options, consult with parents, students, staff and the community and
present its findings and recommendations to the board for a final decision.
The schools will remain unaffected for the 2008-09 school year.
    The final public meeting will be held on Nov. 27 and will present the
ARC's recommendation to the Peel board. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Gordon
Graydon Memorial Secondary School, 1490 Ogden Ave., Mississauga.
    The accommodation review process began in March 2008, when the Peel board
approved an Accommodation Review Committee to review four schools for
potential consolidation.-   Byngmount Beach Public School was selected because its enrolment is
        at 37 per cent capacity - the lowest in the Peel board - and its
        enrolment is expected to continue to drop over the next decade.
    -   Lyndwood Public School is nearby and its enrolment is 51 per cent
        capacity, with an expected decline in the next 10 years.
    -   Neil C. Matheson Public School is close to Byngmount Beach and
        Lyndwood. Its enrolment is not at capacity, and its enrolment is
        expected to decline in the next decade.
    -   Allan A. Martin Senior Public School is the middle school for
        Neil C. Matheson and it is located near Byngmount Beach and Lyndwood
        schools.

    Complete background information about the accommodation review process is
available at www.peelschools.org in the Spotlight section of the home page,
including the following:

    -   a map of the review area
    -   enrolment projections for the next 10 years
    -   census data for the review area
    -   valuation reports for each of the four schools
    -   agendas and minutes of all meetings
    -   Peel board and Ministry of Education policies regarding school
        consolidation
For further information: Media contact: Janet McDougald, Chair, Peel
District School Board, (905) 278-1402, janet.mcdougald@peelsb.com; Reference:
Sylvia Link, Manager of Communications, (905) 890-1010 ext. 2814 (or
1-800-668-1146) ext. 2814, sylvia.link@peelsb.com