Mountain high school boundaries up for review this spring

News Feb 05, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

The trustee for G.L. Armstrong public elementary school says she’s satisfied staff is doing what it can to address concerns about high school boundaries for graduating Grade 8 students until a broader review takes place this spring.

Dawn Danko said although the boundaries are unchanged, parents can appeal to school superintendent Michael Prendergast if there are exceptional reasons why their child should attend an out-of-catchment high school.

The rookie Ward 7 trustee raised the issue in December after a number of parents complained that Armstrong students within walking distance of Sherwood are in the catchment for Sir Allan MacNab, which will require them to take the bus.

Students north of Fennell Avenue between Upper Sherman and Upper Wentworth streets have the choice of attending either high school and Danko wanted the same choice extended to those north of Fennell between Upper Wellington and Upper Wentworth.

In a Jan. 28 letter to parents, Prendergast said the boundaries will remain until the end of this year but left the door open for “any exceptional circumstances that may affect your child’s options.”

Danko said that means students who are out of Sherwood’s catchment can request to go there if they can walk or it better meets their career pathway or programming needs.

But she said a broader review of Mountain high school boundaries is needed because decisions to shift students affect enrolments and, in Sherwood’s case, need to take into account the introduction of French immersion this September.

The program is initially expected to have 97 students but that number is projected to grow to 329 by September 2017.

“That is something that has to be looked at in the boundary review, which is why we’re doing it formally and making sure it’s done right,” Danko said.

“I think we’ve done the best we can this year. I’m looking forward to a boundary review because we’ve obviously identified a need for it, so I’ll be happier when that’s completed and families have clarity going forward.”

Mountain high school boundaries up for review this spring

News Feb 05, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

The trustee for G.L. Armstrong public elementary school says she’s satisfied staff is doing what it can to address concerns about high school boundaries for graduating Grade 8 students until a broader review takes place this spring.

Dawn Danko said although the boundaries are unchanged, parents can appeal to school superintendent Michael Prendergast if there are exceptional reasons why their child should attend an out-of-catchment high school.

The rookie Ward 7 trustee raised the issue in December after a number of parents complained that Armstrong students within walking distance of Sherwood are in the catchment for Sir Allan MacNab, which will require them to take the bus.

Students north of Fennell Avenue between Upper Sherman and Upper Wentworth streets have the choice of attending either high school and Danko wanted the same choice extended to those north of Fennell between Upper Wellington and Upper Wentworth.

In a Jan. 28 letter to parents, Prendergast said the boundaries will remain until the end of this year but left the door open for “any exceptional circumstances that may affect your child’s options.”

Danko said that means students who are out of Sherwood’s catchment can request to go there if they can walk or it better meets their career pathway or programming needs.

But she said a broader review of Mountain high school boundaries is needed because decisions to shift students affect enrolments and, in Sherwood’s case, need to take into account the introduction of French immersion this September.

The program is initially expected to have 97 students but that number is projected to grow to 329 by September 2017.

“That is something that has to be looked at in the boundary review, which is why we’re doing it formally and making sure it’s done right,” Danko said.

“I think we’ve done the best we can this year. I’m looking forward to a boundary review because we’ve obviously identified a need for it, so I’ll be happier when that’s completed and families have clarity going forward.”

Mountain high school boundaries up for review this spring

News Feb 05, 2015 Hamilton Mountain News

By Richard Leitner, News Staff

The trustee for G.L. Armstrong public elementary school says she’s satisfied staff is doing what it can to address concerns about high school boundaries for graduating Grade 8 students until a broader review takes place this spring.

Dawn Danko said although the boundaries are unchanged, parents can appeal to school superintendent Michael Prendergast if there are exceptional reasons why their child should attend an out-of-catchment high school.

The rookie Ward 7 trustee raised the issue in December after a number of parents complained that Armstrong students within walking distance of Sherwood are in the catchment for Sir Allan MacNab, which will require them to take the bus.

Students north of Fennell Avenue between Upper Sherman and Upper Wentworth streets have the choice of attending either high school and Danko wanted the same choice extended to those north of Fennell between Upper Wellington and Upper Wentworth.

In a Jan. 28 letter to parents, Prendergast said the boundaries will remain until the end of this year but left the door open for “any exceptional circumstances that may affect your child’s options.”

Danko said that means students who are out of Sherwood’s catchment can request to go there if they can walk or it better meets their career pathway or programming needs.

But she said a broader review of Mountain high school boundaries is needed because decisions to shift students affect enrolments and, in Sherwood’s case, need to take into account the introduction of French immersion this September.

The program is initially expected to have 97 students but that number is projected to grow to 329 by September 2017.

“That is something that has to be looked at in the boundary review, which is why we’re doing it formally and making sure it’s done right,” Danko said.

“I think we’ve done the best we can this year. I’m looking forward to a boundary review because we’ve obviously identified a need for it, so I’ll be happier when that’s completed and families have clarity going forward.”