Why eight public schools may be on the chopping block


Students at some public schools may have to go elsewhere, if the board accepts a staff recommendation to close eight schools.

Two reports released Wednesday recommended the closure of:

  •   D. Aubrey Moodie Intermediate School.
  • Greenbank Middle School.
  •   Leslie Park Public School; students would attend Briargreen Public School.
  •   Grant Public School; alternative students would attend Churchill Public School.
  • Century Public School; students would either be sent to Carleton Heights Public School or Meadowlands Public School.
  •  Regina Street Public School; students would attend D. Roy Kennedy Public School.
  • JH Putman Public School; English students would attend Pinecrest Public School and Early French Immersion students would sent to either Agincourt Road Public School or Woodroffe Avenue Public School.
  • Rideau High School; Grade 9 through 12 students would attend Gloucester High School.

Staff say the schools are under-enrolled and an inefficient use of resources to keep open. The Ministry of Education says there are a total of 11,500 empty student spaces across the entire OCDSB.

The reports also recommended some boundaries be moved around and other schools change their grade offerings. You can see the full (boring) reports here and here.

If adopted, the changes would take effect September 2017.

A final decision will be made in early March. Public input will be taken.


OttawaStart Staff



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