Although not a municipal issue, residents may wish to know that the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is conducting city-wide student learning and pupil accommodation reviews. As part of this process, three east end secondary schools - Colonel By, Rideau and Gloucester High Schools - have been evaluated. Board staff is recommending Rideau High School for closure as early as September 2017. The report also suggests modifications to the catchment boundaries for French immersion and extended French. These changes would affect some parts of the ward and see students in the area redirected to Gloucester High School for these programs. The full report and school board recommendations can be viewed here and will be considered for decision by school trustees in spring 2017.
Two information sessions will be hosted, the first on Nov. 1, 2016 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Rideau High School and the second on Jan. 11, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Gloucester High School. If interested, I encourage you to share your thoughts on the closure and potential boundary changes with the school board via these channels.
When: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Rideau High School, 815 St. Laurent Blvd.