Mountain trustee seeks review of Armstrong’s high school boundaries

News Dec 18, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

The central Mountain’s new public school trustee says she will push early next year to review the high school boundaries for Grade 8 students graduating from George L. Armstrong.

Dawn Danko said a number of parents have complained that students who are within walking distance of Sherwood must to go to Sir Allan MacNab by bus.

Students in the Eastmount Park catchment north of Fennell Avenue between Upper Sherman and Upper Wentworth streets already have the choice of attending either Sherwood or MacNab now that Hill Park is closed and no longer an option.

Danko said she’d like the same choice extended to those north of Fennell between Upper Wellington and Upper Wentworth.

She estimated the change would potentially shift between 20 and 30 extra students to Sherwood each year, roughly the same number as in the Eastmount Park catchment.

Danko said trustees will have to first study the impact on Sherwood and MacNab, but extending the choice is consistent with a goal of keeping graduating students together when they move up to high school.

“Certainly, that’s something I’m hoping we will be discussing early in the new year so we can get some resolution on it for families because I’m sure uncertainty is always unwelcome at this point, when students are picking where to go and what programs to go into.”

West Mountain trustee Wes Hicks said one of his goals as the new chair of the board’s finance and facilities committee is to review any boundary decisions related elementary school closures “to see if we got it right.”

“If we didn’t, then let’s take a look and get public input because they’re the ones that are going to tell us whether we made the right decisions,” he said.

“Of course, that also includes the transportation, to make sure we have the right guidelines.”

Mountain trustee seeks review of Armstrong’s high school boundaries

News Dec 18, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

The central Mountain’s new public school trustee says she will push early next year to review the high school boundaries for Grade 8 students graduating from George L. Armstrong.

Dawn Danko said a number of parents have complained that students who are within walking distance of Sherwood must to go to Sir Allan MacNab by bus.

Students in the Eastmount Park catchment north of Fennell Avenue between Upper Sherman and Upper Wentworth streets already have the choice of attending either Sherwood or MacNab now that Hill Park is closed and no longer an option.

Danko said she’d like the same choice extended to those north of Fennell between Upper Wellington and Upper Wentworth.

She estimated the change would potentially shift between 20 and 30 extra students to Sherwood each year, roughly the same number as in the Eastmount Park catchment.

Danko said trustees will have to first study the impact on Sherwood and MacNab, but extending the choice is consistent with a goal of keeping graduating students together when they move up to high school.

“Certainly, that’s something I’m hoping we will be discussing early in the new year so we can get some resolution on it for families because I’m sure uncertainty is always unwelcome at this point, when students are picking where to go and what programs to go into.”

West Mountain trustee Wes Hicks said one of his goals as the new chair of the board’s finance and facilities committee is to review any boundary decisions related elementary school closures “to see if we got it right.”

“If we didn’t, then let’s take a look and get public input because they’re the ones that are going to tell us whether we made the right decisions,” he said.

“Of course, that also includes the transportation, to make sure we have the right guidelines.”

Mountain trustee seeks review of Armstrong’s high school boundaries

News Dec 18, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

The central Mountain’s new public school trustee says she will push early next year to review the high school boundaries for Grade 8 students graduating from George L. Armstrong.

Dawn Danko said a number of parents have complained that students who are within walking distance of Sherwood must to go to Sir Allan MacNab by bus.

Students in the Eastmount Park catchment north of Fennell Avenue between Upper Sherman and Upper Wentworth streets already have the choice of attending either Sherwood or MacNab now that Hill Park is closed and no longer an option.

Danko said she’d like the same choice extended to those north of Fennell between Upper Wellington and Upper Wentworth.

She estimated the change would potentially shift between 20 and 30 extra students to Sherwood each year, roughly the same number as in the Eastmount Park catchment.

Danko said trustees will have to first study the impact on Sherwood and MacNab, but extending the choice is consistent with a goal of keeping graduating students together when they move up to high school.

“Certainly, that’s something I’m hoping we will be discussing early in the new year so we can get some resolution on it for families because I’m sure uncertainty is always unwelcome at this point, when students are picking where to go and what programs to go into.”

West Mountain trustee Wes Hicks said one of his goals as the new chair of the board’s finance and facilities committee is to review any boundary decisions related elementary school closures “to see if we got it right.”

“If we didn’t, then let’s take a look and get public input because they’re the ones that are going to tell us whether we made the right decisions,” he said.

“Of course, that also includes the transportation, to make sure we have the right guidelines.”