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March 29, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am pleased to report to you that at last night’s Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees, the recommendations of the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) regarding the Chatham elementary schools review were approved.

Specifically, this means the Board has moved forward with its application to the Ministry of Education for capital funding to build two brand new schools, one in north Chatham to serve the communities of St. Vincent, St. Agnes and Our Lady of Fatima Catholic schools; and one in south Chatham to serve the communities of St. Joseph, Georges P. Vanier and St. Ursula Catholic schools.  In addition, the French Immersion program at Monsignor Uyen Catholic School would be relocated to a fully refurbished Our Lady of Fatima.  The proposed timeline for the new schools to open and the French Immersion program to be relocated is September 2019. 

In addition to these changes the Board of Trustees has also directed, that upon Ministry funding approval, staff will incorporate into the design of the new schools and the refurbished Our Lady of Fatima, wherever possible within funding parameters, a number of special considerations with respect to the new facilities as outlined in the final report.  The staff would also be directed to incorporate into the transition plan for students, again wherever possible within funding parameters, the PARC’s special considerations with respect to transition matters. 

The full report, which sets out in detail both the recommendation and the special considerations, is found on the Pupil Accommodation Review page of the Board website at www.st-clair.net  The specific motions which were approved by the Board of Trustees are printed on the reverse of this letter.

It is important to note that final approval now rests with officials of the Ministry of Education.

I again want to thank the members of the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee, our parish representatives, our Chatham elementary school principals and Superintendent of Education Deb Crawford, for their leadership throughout this review.  As a result of their hard work and commitment to this process, we have a bold plan for the future, which will result in state-of-the-art learning environments and improved educational opportunities, not only for your children, but for many, many generations of Catholic students to come!

We now await a decision from the Ministry of Education.  We will report back to you as soon as we have a response from the Ministry regarding our funding application.

 

Sincerely,

Dan Parr

Director of Education

Chatham Pupil Accommodation Review

Motions Approved by the Board of Trustees

March 28, 2017

  • That, subject to funding approval from the Ontario Ministry of Education, the St. Clair Catholic District School Board approve the construction of two 564 pupil place schools – one in north Chatham for the students of Our Lady of Fatima, St. Agnes and St. Vincent Catholic schools with an anticipated opening of September 2019; and one in south Chatham for the students of Georges P. Vanier, St. Joseph and St. Ursula Catholic schools with an anticipated opening of September 2019.

  • That, subject to funding approval from the Ontario Ministry of Education, the St. Clair Catholic District School Board approve the relocation of the French Immersion program from Monsignor Uyen Catholic School to a newly refurbished Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School, with an anticipated opening date of September 2019.

  • That the St. Clair Catholic District School Board approve the boundaries of the new south Chatham school to be redrawn as set out in Option A of the Initial Staff Report (September 2016); however, all current students and future siblings will be “grandfathered” and given the choice to attend either the newly constructed school, as directed under current boundaries, or be directed to St. Anne (Blenheim) or St. Joseph (Tilbury) as directed under the newly-drawn boundaries; and further that the current boundary for St. Vincent Catholic School not be changed, so that all current and future students in the existing St. Vincent boundary will be directed to the new north Chatham school.

  • That the St. Clair Catholic District School Board direct staff to incorporate in the design of the new schools and the refurbished Our Lady of Fatima, wherever possible within the funding parameters set by the Ministry of Education, the special considerations with respect to facilities as outlined by the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee in the recommendations section of the February 14, 2017 Final Report.

  • That the St. Clair Catholic District School Board direct staff to incorporate in the transition plan for students, wherever possible within funding parameters, the special considerations with respect to transition matters as outlined by the Pupil Accommodation Review Committee in the recommendations section of the February 14, 2017 Final Report.

  • That effective September 2019, following the opening of the new schools and the relocation of the French Immersion program to Our Lady of Fatima, the school buildings for St. Agnes, St. Vincent, Monsignor Uyen, Georges P. Vanier, St. Joseph and St. Ursula be closed and declared surplus according to the terms of Ontario Regulation 444/98.

Mar 29, 2017

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