Ministry won’t step in on Cardinal Heights closure

News Sep 24, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

An appeal for the Ministry of Education to put a hold on the closure of Cardinal Heights elementary school has been denied.

“This is a case of them not wanting to make anyone accountable,” said Sarah Warry-Poljanski, the parent who filed for the administrative review. “I will be writing back to them asking why they did not answer any questions based on all of the information I provided.

The ministry said it found all of Sarah Warry-Poljanski’s concerns had been “reasonably dealt with” during the recent closure review of central Mountain schools.

It also noted it does not reverse the decisions of locally elected trustees and that boards are allowed to set their own criteria for what schools should be included in a closure review.

“We are pleased that the ministry’s recent review demonstrated that our board followed the policies and guidelines outlined for the accommodation review process,” said board chair Jessica Brennan.

“Now we look forward to working with parents during the transition process as we revitalize our schools and make every school a great school.”

Warry-Poljanski said she feels the ministry didn’t give a thorough review of her complaint. She gave the example of her complaint that the school information profiles provided to members of the closure review committee contained incorrect information.

The ministry replied that the profiles on the board’s website “appear complete” and were discussed and finalized by the committee.

“Last time I checked there was a difference between being incorrect and incomplete,” said Warry-Poljanski.

She said she plans to ask the ministry what can be done to ensure accountability in a school closure process and ask why all her questions and complaints were not addressed.

Warry-Poljanski, who is running for public school trustee in Ward 7, noted that under the same criteria, Dalewood middle school was not closed after a review two years ago. She plans to discuss with the local community what steps they might like to take next.

Ministry won’t step in on Cardinal Heights closure

News Sep 24, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

An appeal for the Ministry of Education to put a hold on the closure of Cardinal Heights elementary school has been denied.

“This is a case of them not wanting to make anyone accountable,” said Sarah Warry-Poljanski, the parent who filed for the administrative review. “I will be writing back to them asking why they did not answer any questions based on all of the information I provided.

The ministry said it found all of Sarah Warry-Poljanski’s concerns had been “reasonably dealt with” during the recent closure review of central Mountain schools.

It also noted it does not reverse the decisions of locally elected trustees and that boards are allowed to set their own criteria for what schools should be included in a closure review.

“We are pleased that the ministry’s recent review demonstrated that our board followed the policies and guidelines outlined for the accommodation review process,” said board chair Jessica Brennan.

“Now we look forward to working with parents during the transition process as we revitalize our schools and make every school a great school.”

Warry-Poljanski said she feels the ministry didn’t give a thorough review of her complaint. She gave the example of her complaint that the school information profiles provided to members of the closure review committee contained incorrect information.

The ministry replied that the profiles on the board’s website “appear complete” and were discussed and finalized by the committee.

“Last time I checked there was a difference between being incorrect and incomplete,” said Warry-Poljanski.

She said she plans to ask the ministry what can be done to ensure accountability in a school closure process and ask why all her questions and complaints were not addressed.

Warry-Poljanski, who is running for public school trustee in Ward 7, noted that under the same criteria, Dalewood middle school was not closed after a review two years ago. She plans to discuss with the local community what steps they might like to take next.

Ministry won’t step in on Cardinal Heights closure

News Sep 24, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

An appeal for the Ministry of Education to put a hold on the closure of Cardinal Heights elementary school has been denied.

“This is a case of them not wanting to make anyone accountable,” said Sarah Warry-Poljanski, the parent who filed for the administrative review. “I will be writing back to them asking why they did not answer any questions based on all of the information I provided.

The ministry said it found all of Sarah Warry-Poljanski’s concerns had been “reasonably dealt with” during the recent closure review of central Mountain schools.

It also noted it does not reverse the decisions of locally elected trustees and that boards are allowed to set their own criteria for what schools should be included in a closure review.

“We are pleased that the ministry’s recent review demonstrated that our board followed the policies and guidelines outlined for the accommodation review process,” said board chair Jessica Brennan.

“Now we look forward to working with parents during the transition process as we revitalize our schools and make every school a great school.”

Warry-Poljanski said she feels the ministry didn’t give a thorough review of her complaint. She gave the example of her complaint that the school information profiles provided to members of the closure review committee contained incorrect information.

The ministry replied that the profiles on the board’s website “appear complete” and were discussed and finalized by the committee.

“Last time I checked there was a difference between being incorrect and incomplete,” said Warry-Poljanski.

She said she plans to ask the ministry what can be done to ensure accountability in a school closure process and ask why all her questions and complaints were not addressed.

Warry-Poljanski, who is running for public school trustee in Ward 7, noted that under the same criteria, Dalewood middle school was not closed after a review two years ago. She plans to discuss with the local community what steps they might like to take next.