Still time to fill out survey on potential high school closures in Burlington

Deadline 4:30pm, March 13

Residents still have an opportunity to fill out the Halton District School Board’s survey on potential closure of one or more Burlington high schools. The survey is available till 4:30 pm Mon. March 13.

The Program and Accommodation Review Committee of two parents from each high school, as well as other stakeholders, identified six options for public review:

  • 19b/28c: Close Central & Pearson (minor boundary changes between the two options)
  • 3c: Close Nelson
  • 4b: Close Bateman
  • 7b: All schools remain open; boundary changes at Hayden to address overcrowding
  • 23d: Close Bateman and Pearson

Learn more:  options

My Take: We’re all affected in some way by what’s happening. Any school closing would be disruptive to that community, and current closure options under consideration create a domino effect of negative impacts on surrounding schools, such as overcrowding and portables, bussing and boundary changes. Even if all schools remain open, boundary changes will be required to address overcrowding at Hayden and underenrolment at Bateman, MM Robinson and Pearson. I encourage everyone to learn about the various options and share your views via the survey, or by contacting the members of the PARC:

Aldershot HS

  • Steve Cussons
  • Eric Szyiko

Burlington Central HS

  • Ian Farwell
  • Marianne Meed Ward

Dr. Frank J. Hayden SS

  • Matthew Hall
  • Tricia Hammill

Lester B. Pearson HS

  • Steve Armstrong
  • Cheryl De Lugt

M.M. Robinson HS

  • Marie Madenzides
  • Dianna Bower

Nelson HS

  • Kate Nazar
  • Rebecca Collier

Robert Bateman HS

  • Lisa Bull
  • Sharon Picken

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.


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