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Transition mandate cut short

By Craig Campbell, Dundas Star News

Originally expected to continue providing advice to school board staff, the Dundas High School Transition Advisory Committee ended its work last week.

Dundas Valley Secondary School principal Em Del Sordo said he plans to hold two information meetings during the next school year to update the community on the ongoing transition from Parkside and Highland into one school on two campuses, and eventually one school in one building.

From September 2014 to at least June 2015, the two buildings will operate as separate campuses of Dundas Valley Secondary School while an addition is expected to be constructed to the former Highland building.

The advisory committee was started by former Hamilton Wentworth District School Board superintendent John Laverty in March 2013. He anticipated the committee would exist longer than it has.

“The transition committee will continue until the Fall of 2015 – the second year of one school,” Laverty said last year, after the committee’s second meeting. “I wanted to keep the committee around to guide me. It’s a big deal for the community.”

At that time, the school board expected all students to move into a renovated Highland building by September 2014. But after Laverty’s retirement, the transition committee was informed the renovation could not be completed in time and the Parkside building would be needed to house the majority of Dundas Valley Secondary School students.

The new two-campus plan was announced to the committee at their November 2013 meeting.

The committee ceases its mandate at least a year before the transition to one school building, and months before the transition to one school – instead of continuing through the entire first year as one school.

In addition to two community updates, Del Sordo said he will update the Dundas Valley Secondary School parent council about the transition at their monthly meetings.

 

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