East Kitchener 7-12 Boundary Review

*New Updates* – The 5th Boundary Review Committee Meeting date has changed from Thursday, September 22nd to Wednesday, September 21st at 6pm. The Meeting Schedule & Purpose has been updated to reflect the change.

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Schools Involved

Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School (CES), Saint John Paul II CES, St. Anne (K) CES, St. Daniel CES, and St. Mary’s High School.

Purpose

The purpose of this boundary review is to establish boundaries for the new St. Patrick Elementary and East Kitchener 7-12 Schools, which are anticipated to open September 2024.

Initial Staff Report

Below is the Initial Staff Report that was presented to the Board of Trustees on April 4, 2022, with the recommendation to initiate a boundary review.

The Board of Trustees approved the initiation of the Boundary Review on April 25, 2022 with an amended timeline as presented in the updated report below.

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Written comments may be submitted by email or dropped off at your school.

Email: EastKitchener@wcdsb.ca

Those submitting written public comments are required to provide their name and WCDSB school community affiliation to assist the Boundary Review Committee’s work and staff’s recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Personal information is collected further to the Education Act, s.171(1)7 and is collected for the purposes of creating a public record per Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) s.14(1)(c). Written comments submitted throughout the process will be posted on this website, including sender’s name, and may become part of the public record. Comments that contain obscene, threatening, harassing, libelous, discriminatory, or inflammatory comments, contrary to APS017 – Responsible Use of Information Technology and Electronic Data may be redacted from the record. Data, reports, submissions, parent/ratepayer comments received during the review process are subject to MFIPPA.

Why are you doing this review now?
The primary purpose of this boundary review is to establish boundaries for the new St. Patrick Elementary and East Kitchener 7-12 Catholic Schools in advance of their opening (anticipated September 2024). A decision in November 2022 will allow a year and a half for transition planning and notice for affected families that are required to move school.

Will current students be provided with legacy exceptions?
Legacy exceptions will be determined through the boundary review process.

Staff have proposed that the East Kitchener 7-12 School opens with grades 7-10 and grow a grade every year as per the 7-12 Program Review recommendations that was completed in the 2020/21 School Year. This may be reviewed further during the boundary review process.

Can families request to stay at their current school instead of moving to a different school?
When a decision to change school boundaries occurs, students are expected to transfer to that school, subject to any legacy exceptions that may be determined through the boundary review.

Where should I register my child for kindergarten or grade 9?
No decisions have been made on changes to school boundaries, please register your child at your current/home school. Please visit: Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region for school direction information.

Have any boundary change decisions already been made?
No. The Board of Trustees will decide on any changes to school boundaries in November 2022.

When are students changing schools?
As noted above, no decisions have been made by the Board of Trustees.  Staff will be recommending implementation to occur when the new St. Patrick Elementary and East Kitchener 7-12 Schools open.

What is the rationale for not allowing school staff and their immediate family members to be on the Boundary Review Committee (BRC)?
Board staff and their immediate family may have competing interests in their roles as parents and employees of the Board, whether real or perceived. To keep the process as transparent as possible, the preference is to have a boundary review committee member who does not appear biased.

Are the six options in the Initial Staff Report the only options that are being considered?
The BRC may consider other options if there is sufficient rationale.

How can I provide feedback?
There will be two public meetings: June 9, 2022 and September 14, 2022. Parents, guardians, and other stakeholders will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on options and implementation recommendations through a survey tool. Written comments can also be sent to EastKitchener@wcdsb.ca. All written comments will be shared with the BRC and the Board of Trustees prior to any decision.

Once recommendations are provided to the Board of Trustees, there will be two opportunities for parents and stakeholders to register as a delegation to address the Board directly with their comments, prior to a decision.

All opinions are welcome and we encourage parents and stakeholders to THINK before sending their comments (this is what we teach our students).
Is it True?
Is it Helpful?
Is it Inspiring?
Is it Necessary?
Is it Kind?

How are enrolment projections created?
There are four elements to enrolment projections: existing enrolment, housing development, retention rates (the number of students in Grade X that enter Grade X+1 the following year), and birth data (used to predict the number of students entering into JK for years later).

In addition, the Board’s enrolment projections are informed by municipal planning processes (e.g., Official Plans, Environmental Assessments, Secondary Plans, Draft Plans of Subdivision, etc.), internal enrolment analyses, experiences of other school boards, and regional population forecasts.

Meeting Information

Public Consultation Sessions

Parents, guardians and the general public are invited to all public consultation sessions. Format is still to be determined but notices will be sent out prior to the meetings.

Those submitting written public comments are required to provide their name and WCDSB school community affiliation to assist the Boundary Review Committee’s work and staff’s recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Personal information is collected further to the Education Act, s.171(1)7 and is collected for the purposes of creating a public record per Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA) s.14(1)(c). Written comments submitted throughout the process will be posted on this website, including sender’s name, and may become part of the public record. Comments that contain obscene, threatening, harassing, libelous, discriminatory, or inflammatory comments, contrary to APS017 – Responsible Use of Information Technology and Electronic Data may be redacted from the record. Data, reports, submissions, parent/ratepayer comments received during the review process are subject to MFIPPA.

  • Start Time: 7:00pm
  • Format: Virtual via Live Teams with PowerPoint Presentation at 7:00pm, followed by Questions & Answers.
  • Purpose: To present background information and options as well as solicit feedback on the options being considered.
  • Please share your thoughts with us through this ThoughtExchange – we want to hear from you before a preferred option is selected.

Materials:

  • Purpose: To present the preferred option and implementation recommendations, prior to finalizing the recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
  • Time and Location are yet to be determined and will be posted once confirmed.
  • A ThoughtExchange survey will also be available, so please check back closer to the date.

Boundary Review Committee Meetings

The following meetings are working sessions of the Boundary Review Committee (BRC). These meetings are open to the public. Parents and community members will not be allowed to actively participate in these meetings but are invited to listen and observe.

For meetings held in May and June, participants will require access to the internet, a reliable device, and the ability to use a web browser. For the meetings held in the Fall, details will be provided at a later date.

  • Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • The meeting may be in person and location will be determined closer to the date.
  • If the meeting is virtual, it can be viewed live on YouTube during the duration of the meeting.

Materials to be discussed:

  • Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • The meeting may be in person and location will be determined closer to the date.
  • If the meeting is virtual, it can be viewed live on YouTube during the duration of the meeting.

This meeting is tentatively scheduled if needed. The BRC will make the decision if it is required during the September 22nd BRC Meeting.

  • Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
  • The meeting may be in person and location will be determined closer to the date.
  • If the meeting is virtual, it can be viewed live on YouTube during the duration of the meeting.

Board Meetings

All Board Meetings are open to the public.

  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Purpose: Staff to present recommendations to the Board of Trustees and opportunity for delegations.
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Purpose: Staff to address questions of clarification for the Board of Trustees and opportunity for delegations.
  • Time: 6:00 PM
  • Purpose: Board of Trustees to make a decision. No delegations.

In accordance with Section 5.1 of the Board’s Operational and Procedural By-law, delegations wishing to address a committee or the Board are required to e-mail alice.figueiredo@wcdsb.ca  by 9:00 a.m. the Wednesday prior to the meeting. Each delegation will be allowed ten minutes.

Individuals wishing to appear as delegates at the first two meetings of the Board of Trustees will need to attend in-person. If the meetings are virtual, then they will be provided with the opportunity to present through electronic means.  Participants will require access to the internet, a reliable device, and the ability to use a web browser.  Technical support will be provided in advance of the board meeting if required.

No delegations are permitted on this topic at the third meeting of the Board of Trustees.