Robert Bateman high school is going to get a collective hug from anyone who decides to show up

News 100 blueBy Staff

March 2, 2017



There are a lot of unhappy people who are commenting on how poorly they feel the Halton District School Board is handling the flow of information on the recommendation that was given to the Program Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) to close Central and Pearson high schools.

Parents in front of maps

Parents scan details and specifics on each of the six school closing options that the PARC is currently considering for the report they will give the Director of Education.

The PARC is made up of two parents from each of the seven high schools. Their job is to give the Director of Education a recommendation. The Director of Education does not have to accept or adhere to the recommendation.

The Director then writes his report to the trustees and those trustees make the final decision.
The first public meeting to look at specifics and details was held earlier this week with a very large turnout.

The second public meeting is to take place next Tuesday, March 7th at the New Street Educational centre.

Bateman school sign

Robert Bateman high school is going to get a group hug on Saturday.

This Saturday the parents at Bateman high school are going to gather and collectively give their school a “hug”.
Bateman is a pretty big school – it is going to take a large crowd of people to circle that building on Saturday.

The group hug takes place at 1:00 pm.

One Gazette reader wrote in and said “your story about the Mayor’s response show how heated it’s gotten and also how poorly the board is handling it all.”

The PARC has now whittled down the 30 options that it was given to six. Under these different options Central, Pearson, Bateman and Nelson could be closed.

There is an option that says – don’t close any of the schools – but change the school boundaries so that the existing high school population is spread more evenly between the high schools.

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Halton District School Board trustees – there are 11 of them; four representing Burlington – all the trustees will vote on school closings

Whatever the school board trustees decide, and it is those trustees that are going to make the final decision on May 17th, the concerns should be addressed to the final decision makers – these are the people you elected to oversee the operation of the school in the Halton Region.

There are 11 trustees, four from Burlington that will decide what the board should do.

When the process of determining how to manage the problem of 1800+ empty classroom seats in the high school was put before the public there was very little public interest.


There were less than ten people at the first “information session” given by the school board staff at Bateman high school. One of them was the school principal.

At the first information meeting, there was one held at every high school, there were just five people at the event held at Bateman.

The school board had large banners nailed to the front of six of the high schools to alert parents to the situation.

The focus is currently on the work the PARC is doing. That will shift to the report the Director of Education, Stuart Miller has to write and present to the trustees on March 29th.

The critical dates are set out below.

Public Meeting #2 (South Burlington schools)
March 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm
New date New Street Education Centre
3250 New Street

PARC Working Meeting #5
March 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line

Director’s Report (with compiled feedback) to Committee of the Whole March 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line

Public Delegation Night
April 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line

Final Report to Board of Trustees for decision May 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line

Protest outside board office

Protesters have stood outside the Board of Education offices on Guelph Line any time there is a PARC meeting.

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