Trustees set to decide fate of district school


Northwest Catholic District School Board trustees will vote tonight on the future of Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton.
While the Accommodation Review Committee recommended in January that the school remain open, an analysis by administration last month suggested it’s “too early to make a decision to close Our Lady of the Way School.”
It has been recommended the board “postpone indefinitely the decision to close” the school.
In addition, it recommended the board direct administration to provide update reports relative to enrolment at the school three times each year.
The analysis also urged the board instruct administration to present an updated Administration Reassessment Report of the Accommodation Report in February, 2017.
As well, there is a recommendation that the board ask administration to consider implementing the following accommodation review recommendations:
•that the Northwest Catholic District School Board commits to a minimum of two classrooms at Our Lady of the Way School;
•that a school action plan to be developed for implementation in 2013-14 to support a strong parish, community, and school relationship that focuses on strengthening the relationship with existing families while attracting new students and families; and
•that the board commit to review the accommodation review process to identify the strengths and concerns of the existing one.
These three recommendations are operational and will be the decision of administration.
Also at tonight’s meeting, the Catholic board will:
•present its “Recognition of Excellence” to Scared Heart School students who attended an aboriginal leadership camp in Perry Sound;
•hear a presentation on e-Learning from Meghan Bourgeois; and
•receive a strategic planning update from the director of education.
The meeting—being held via videoconference—gets underway at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis School.