Do the recent Progressive Conservative plans to halt the school repairs funding have any impact on this particular review plan for the Wainfleet schools amalgamation?
The capital funding cuts announced by the Progressive Conservatives will have no impact on the Wainfleet Elementary Accommodation Review.
Has there been any ideas on what would be maintained to keep that country school?
Specific ideas to support and reflect the Wainfleet community characteristics will be addressed through the transition team that would be established, should amalgamation occur. There are several newly built schools in the DSBN with no negative impact on the rural character of their community.
Wondering about teachers, are they the same or new?
When schools amalgamate, the District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) staff generally move with the students thereby providing a sense of continuity for the students.
What will happen to Winger PS building if the new school is built in the Town?
There is a Ministry prescribed process that the DSBN follows when declaring a property surplus. The DSBN maintains its properties until the time of any sale.
Is the accommodation review moving forward if the Catholic Board does not agree?
If the co-terminous Board determines that they do not want to participate in a joint school the DSBN cannot move forward. This is due to the current Ministry moratorium on school closures and the only accommodation reviews allowed to take place are those that have a recommendation of a joint school.
Is this accommodation review a done deal?
The Trustees make the final decision on the accommodation review on October 23, 2018 after a final staff report is presented to them.
I am a parent and School Advisory Council member at Winger Public School.
We are seeking to receive enrollment numbers for Winger Public School from 1984 to present.
What will happen with the decision since there is a municipal election in October?
The final report will be presented at the October 23, 2018 Board Meeting but the Trustees will still have until November 27, 2018 for their final decision. The new Trustees will not be sworn in until the January 2019 Board Meeting. All Trustees make the final decision on the Accommodation Review, they receive all the information that committee reviews in order to be informed of the entire process.
Will they build a new building?
The Board currently has one shared building with the Catholic Board in Niagara Falls at Kate S. Durdan/Loretto School. They share the same building, learning commons and gymnasium. There previously was one in St. Catharines Pinegrove/Michael J. Brennan School but the Catholic Board moved their students to a nearby school as the enrolment was low.
What would community use look like within the proposed school?
The community use of schools is currently looked after by the board. Annual meetings are held with municipalities to see if there is an interest in a partnership to utilize space in schools or aspects of the schools such as gymnasiums. In Welland there is a partnership with the Welland Public Library and they share library space in Diamond Trail Public School. Also, in Niagara on the Lake the Town worked with the school board and the size of the gymnasium was increased for the running of external programs. The Board met with the Township of Wainfleet to discuss the possibility of a partnership since there is a need for items such as off site health care in this area or possibly a new mothers program.
What is the enrolment at the Catholic school?
There are approximately 90 students in St. Elizabeth at this time. As with the DSBN schools it is very costly to keep a building running under capacity and to also be able to do the facility upgrades required. We do not have access to the projections for that school at this time.