We are writing to provide you with an update on the North Bay Secondary School Consolidation process. As you may be aware, on September 24, 2019 the NNDSB Board of Trustees decided 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. At this time the Board instructed the Director of Education to prepare and bring forward an implementation plan including projected timelines, transitional plans and costing as soon as practicable.
We are pleased to advise that the senior administrative team of the board has been working diligently at developing the required implementation plan. In order to ensure that this initiative remains a priority and maintains a student-based focus, a North Bay Secondary School Programming Committee has been established and is comprised of a principal representative from each of the North Bay Secondary Schools. In addition, the Board has contracted a former North Bay Principal, Mr. Lucio Pavone, as an Executive Officer to chair this committee and lead the consolidation process.
The Programming Committee is responsible for developing and providing recommendations to the Board with respect to the implementation plan and programming decisions. A key component of this work is seeking input from our various stakeholders and community partners including Student Council representatives from each of the North Bay Schools, Student Senate, Parent School Council representatives from each of the North Bay Schools, Community representatives such as Nipissing First Nations and the City of North Bay along with other important persons such as our valued staff from each of our secondary schools.
We are committed to ensuring you are kept apprised of decisions impacting your children and young adults attending in one of our North Bay Secondary Schools. There will be clear and comprehensive pathways established that support student need and provide for enhanced opportunities for collaboration and flexibility within the 3-2 consolidation model. Attached to this correspondence is an overview of the programming options and course available at our North Bay Secondary Schools for 2020/2021. We have also provided information on our upcoming student and parent information sessions for programming and course selection.
The staff in our Secondary Schools will continue to work alongside our central and special education staff to minimize the impact of changes and transitions for students. All of our quality educators are looking forward to collaborating around transition activities that will best support our students and families.
We look forward to the many opportunities and possibilities for students in our Secondary programs in the years ahead. We will provide further information as we move through this transition period.
Director of Education