Administrative Reviews Completed in Halton District School Board
The Ministry of Education has received and accepted the results of an examination into the accommodation review process undertaken by the Halton District School Board that resulted in the closure of two secondary schools in Burlington.
Independent facilitator Margaret Wilson’s report highlights that the board’s review process was open to the community and equipped trustees with the diversity of perspectives and information needed.
In September 2017, the Ministry of Education approved requests for an administrative review of the accommodation review process related to Robert Bateman High School and Lester B. Pearson High School. Wilson, a former Registrar and CEO of the Ontario College of Teachers, consulted with the local accommodation review committees, the school board and people who participated in the process.
Decisions about student accommodations are the responsibility of locally elected school boards. Boards are required to develop accommodation review processes that comply with the government’s Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline, which emphasizes consultation, transparency and local accountability. Administrative reviews help communities and boards fulfill those core principles.
“I thank Ms. Wilson for her final report. I also want to acknowledge both school communities and the Halton District School Board for their co-operation during this process, and their ongoing commitment to the success and well-being of students in Burlington. Our government will support the school board, working in collaboration with the community, to make sure that the proper transitions are in place to support students and their unique needs.” Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education