Accommodation Review at
North Bay, Parry Sound and West Ferris Schools
As a result of Board motions in public session on March
27, 2012, two Accommodation Review Committee processes will be
established. The first involves West
Ferris area schools including West Ferris Secondary School, Ferris Glen Public
School, Marshall Park Public School, Silver Birches Public School, Sunset Park
Public School and Tweedsmuir Public School.
The second includes reviewing accommodations at Dr.
MacDougall Public School, J.W. Trusler Public School, King George Public School
and the Pinewood Public School site.
A second Board motion in public session on November 27, 2012, established that an Accommodation Review Committee process begin for Parry Sound area schools: McDougall Public School, Nobel Public School, Victory Public School, William Beatty Public School and Parry Sound High School.
An Accommodation Review is a public consultation
process required by the Ministry of Education when school boards are
determining the future of a school or group of schools. Through this process parents and community
members are able to discuss the needs of a school community.
An Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) is a board
appointed committee formed during an Accommodation Review. An ARC is formed to ensure the Board conducts
a consultative and transparent review of a group of schools in a defined
area. By attending public meetings school communities can be better informed.
There will be a minimum of four (4) meetings to allow for public engagement of
the community. The ARC has a minimum of
90 days to complete its work and make recommendations to the Board in an ARC report. Board administration then responds to the ARC
recommendation and presents its own recommendations to the board in another
report. The Board of Trustees makes the
final decision about student accommodation after a minimum of 60 days. Decisions about the school closures and
redevelopment projects will be made by the Board of Trustees after the
Accommodation Review process is completed.
The Accommodation Review
process will allow us to move forward with our vision of providing facilities
that allow all our students to maximize their potential. We must ensure we are investing wisely in the
programs and facilities our students need to succeed rather than in older
buildings that are expensive to maintain.