IMPORTANT INFORMATION Relating to the Closure of Bridgewater High School
February 22, 2016
Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Students:
On October 28, 2015, the South Shore Regional School Board approved a review of Bridgewater and Park View families of schools. The review is to be carried out in accordance with the School Review Policy implemented by the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Child Development. “The School Review Policy describes the process to be followed by a school board when the permanent closure of a public school is a possibility. The process as outlined in this policy ensures that communities are engaged and informed prior to and at every stage during a school review, and that members of a community are able to contribute to the examination of possible solutions to identified issues.” (School Review Policy, 22 February 2016).
The first step in the process was to establish a School Options Committee (SOC) which in our case is comprised of two School Advisory Council (SAC) members for each school under review, and two community appointments, one for each family of schools being reviewed. For Bridgewater High School, Kim Benjamin, an SAC Parent Representative and myself as SAC Chairperson were appointed as members of the SOC. We also have one community representative, Palma Champoux.
The mandate of the SOC, as the name implies, is to review options pertaining to catchment areas, cross boundary registrations, facility utilization, operational costs, grade configuration, program options and P3 renewal recommendations. The SOC meets regularly and will hold three public meetings throughout the process and will submit a report with recommendations to the school board on or about April 27, 2016. The school board makes the final decision of accepting the SOC’s recommendations, modifying or rejecting them.
It is important as parents, caregivers, and students that you participate in the review process by understanding the potential impact it may have on the delivery of education within our school board. The best way to be involved is by attending the scheduled meetings.
The first meeting, held at Bridgewater Junior Senior High School on 2 February 2016, focused on the four scenarios currently being considered by the SOC:
1. Status Quo (650 PVEC/204 BHS)
2. Move grades 10, 11, and 12 from BHS to PVEC resulting in 854 students
• Merge Bridgewater High School and PVEC, which will result in the closure of Bridgewater High, putting into question the viability of Bridgewater Junior High, and the possibility of reconfiguration of the grades at Bridgewater Elementary School
3. Move grade 9s from PVEC feeder schools to PVEC resulting in 850 students
• Move grade 9 students from the schools that feed into PVEC as per direction given in the Nova Scotia Department of Education’s Document “The 3 Rs: Renew, Refocus, Rebuild: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education 2015”
4. Move grades 9-12 from BHS and grade 9s from PVEC feeder schools to PVEC resulting in 1154 students.
The next two public meetings will be held:
February 25 Park View Education Centre 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
March 30 Location to be determined 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
At the next meeting the scenarios will be discussed with drop downs explaining the impact on all the Bridgewater and Park View families of schools.
If you are unable to attend this meeting and have questions or concerns please email
Andrea McGinnis: email@example.com or
Kim Benjamin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairperson, School Advisory Council
Bridgewater Junior Senior High School
Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
www.ednet.ns.ca (School Review Policy)
South Shore Regional School Board www.ssrsb.ca
Recommendation to Review Bridgewater and Park View Families of Schools, Approved October 28, 2015
South Shore Regional School Board Long Range Outlook, Revised June 23, 20