Fu­ture of Burling­ton high schools up for de­bate

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - BURLING­TON POST BURLING­TON —

The Hal­ton Dis­trict School Board has sched­uled two pub­lic meet­ings to dis­cuss the up-to-date find­ings of the pro­gram and ac­com­mo­da­tion re­view for Burling­ton high schools.

The pub­lic board is con­sid­er­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion that sup­ports, among other ac­tions, to close Cen­tral and Lester B. Pear­son high schools due to low en­rol­ment pro­jec­tions.

The meet­ing con­cern­ing north Burling­ton schools is Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Dr. Frank J. Hay­den Se­condary School, 3040 Tim Dob­bie Dr.

For south Burling­ton schools, the meet­ing is March 7 at 7 p.m. at the New Street Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, 3250 New St. This date has changed from a pre­vi­ously sched­uled one.

Lester B. Pear­son High School is on Headon Road while Burling­ton Cen­tral is on Bald­win Street in the down­town.

The same in­for­ma­tion will be pre­sented at both meet­ings, says the board. The pur­pose of the meet­ings is to share the work of the re­view com­mit­tee to date and ex­plain the process for gath­er­ing fur­ther com­mu­nity in­put. The com­mit­tee also has work­ing meet­ings where the pub­lic can at­tend but only ob­serve on Feb. 2, Feb. 9 and March 23.

The re­view was ini­ti­ated as a re­sult of low and high en­rol­ment pres­sures in Burling­ton se­condary schools, as out­lined in the di­rec­tor’s pre­lim­i­nary re­port.

The com­mit­tee is re­view­ing and pro­vid­ing feed­back on the pre­lim­i­nary re­port. The board says more op­tions for ac­tion will likely come for­ward, which may in­volve the clo­sure of other schools than those cur­rently rec­om­mended.

For those un­able to at­tend one of the pub­lic meet­ings, the pre­sen­ta­tion and re­lated in­for­ma­tion will be posted on the board’s web­site fol­low­ing the meet­ing.

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