BOARD OF TRUSTEE DECISIONS
On December 20, 2016, the Board of Trustees passed a motion to initiate an Accommodation Review for several schools in the North Bay Planning area, including the three secondary schools.
On September 26, 2017, the Board of Trustees approved the consolidation of three North Bay secondary schools (Chippewa, West Ferris and Widdifield) into two schools at the West Ferris (South) and Chippewa (North) sites.
On September 24, 2019, the Board of Trustees reaffirmed the previous decision of September 26, 2017. The Board of Trustees confirmed that effective September 2020 West Ferris Intermediate and Secondary School and Chippewa Secondary School will be designated the two operating North Bay Secondary Schools and that Widdifield Secondary School will be closed.
STAFF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND INFORMATION
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INFORMATION ON THE ACCOMMODATION REVIEW PROCESS
The Near North District School Board is committed to working with community partners when undertaking capital planning, including when the Board is beginning to develop options to address under-utilized space in its buildings. Further, the Board is committed to ensuring that decisions regarding student accommodations are made with the involvement of an informed local community and are based on a broad range of criteria regarding the quality of the learning experience for students.
The Guide to Accommodation Reviews is a great resource for anyone interested in learning more.
FUTURE ACCOMMODATION NEEDS
The Near North District School Board is committed to optimizing the use of board-owned assets. This may be achieved by establishing facility partnerships for co-building opportunities when undertaking major capital projects, the leasing of space within current assets, the disposition of properties and engaging in long term planning. Capital planning activities will be well informed, well-coordinated, transparent, sustainable and supportive of student achievement and well-being.
The Board will continue to address the future accommodation needs of students across the district with a focus on the priorities as outlined within the Board’s Capital Plan. No new accommodation reviews will be considered until the Ministry of Education’s revised Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline is complete, and the moratorium on establishing accommodation reviews and school surplus is lifted. Exploring opportunities for collaborative capital projects and shared-space opportunities with municipalities, co-terminus school boards, community partners, and agencies remains a priority.