Mobile Central High School Feeder System
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board will undertake a review of the school feeder system for the Mobile Central High school system, beginning in Winter 2019 and continuing into the Spring. Following the April 2018 decision to move Grade 6 students from St. Bernard's Elementary to Mobile Central High for the 2019-20 school year, the Board also discussed whether it would be prudent to move Grade 5 students at the same time. The move is being considered due to enrolment pressures at St. Bernard's Elementary, and in anticipation of the completion of a nine-classroom extension to Mobile Central High.

The Mobile Central High school system includes St. Bernard's Elemetary and Mobile Central High.

Correspondence
Memos sent to parents/guardians are below:
Information Booklet
In the interest of informing school community discussion, the District released its Information Book for the Mobile Central High School System Review on January 30. The Board of Trustees is expected to vote on whether to move Grade 5 students from St. Bernard's Elementary to Mobile Central High School at its April 13, 2019 meeting.
School Council Presentation
On January 17, 2019, Board trustee Jennifer Aspell and District staff met with the administrators and representatives of the St. Bernard's Elementary and Mobile Central High School school councils. Preliminary information was shared with the school councils at that time.

Trustees were presented with the information at their January 26, 2019 regular Board meeting. The District's presentation from those meetings can be found below.

As part of the District's efforts to ensure all members of a school community have an opportunity to provide input into the decision-making process, the District is taking a new approach to consultation with these school communities.

The District has engaged ThoughtExchange, a Canadian company with experience in school district communications throughout North America. ThoughtExchange will help the District provide an inclusive opportunity for all members of the school communities to participate in the decision-making process, and have their ideas and thoughts considered by their peers. The overall goal is to enhance the District's communication with stakeholders; enhance the transparency of the consultation process, and to ensure all members of the school communities have an equal opportunity to have a voice.

The District anticipates launching the ThoughtExchange public consultation opportunity for these school communities mid-late February, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The District understands that many families may have questions about what a potential move of the Grade 5 students to Mobile Central High may mean for students. As this process unfolds, and as the District notes common questions or themes being raised, responses will be shared with the school community through the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document provided below. Please note, the District will attempt to answer questions to the best of its ability during this decision-making process with the best information available at the time.
ThoughtExchange

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is using a new way of collecting input by launching an online conversation with a tool called ThoughtExchange.

The results of this ThoughtExchange will help the District understand the ideas, values, and questions relating to the potential move of Grade 5 students from St. Bernard's Elementary to Mobile Central High School and help guide future planning initiatives.

All voices matter, so your participation will be crucial and valued.

Within this process, you will be prompted to add and verify your email address, and create a password you will remember in order to participate in this online conversation.

ThoughtExchange will allow you to share your own thoughts; consider and rate the thoughts of others, and learn what is important to the community. It will be important to not only share your thought, but explain why it is important, as it will help others determine if they agree. ThoughtExchange keeps confidential who shared each thought and who assigned what ratings.

Next Steps
Through ThoughtExchange, the District will engage with the school community in an attempt to ensure all members of the school community have an opportunity to share their thoughts and help inform the decision-making process.

The anticipated timeline is as follows. If there is a need to make a significant change to the anticipated timelines, school communities will be advised:

  • January 17, 2019 - District meets with administrators and representatives of area school councils.
  • Mid- late February, 2019 - The District will make ThoughtExchange opportunity available to school communities to provide input. The survey will be available for approximately 2 weeks.
  • Early March, 2019 - A report of the 'Top Thoughts' shared through the ThoughtExchange online conversation will be shared with the school community. This information will also be shared with the Board of Trustees to help inform their perspectives for the upcoming vote on the motion currently before the Board.
  • April 13, 2019 - Board trustees will vote on the proposed move of the Grade 5 students from St. Bernard's Elementary to Mobile Central High at their regularly scheduled public meeting.
Process Summary
The process for the Mobile Central High school feeder system review will include:
  • Consultation with the school councils of the two schools involved;
  • An inclusive survey mechanism (ThoughtExchange) will be provided for members of the school communities to voice ideas, values and questions to be considered during the review;
  • A report on the results will be provided to the school community;
  • The District and ThoughtExchange will analyze the information and results of the survey to understand any additional considerations that may need to be actioned; and,
  • A public meeting of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board during which trustees will vote on whether the Grade 5 students currently configured for St. Bernard's Elementary will be moved to Mobile Central High School for the 2019-2020 school year.

It is important to note that no decisions concerning a move of the Grade 5 student population; nor any changes to take place as a result of the review process, would be implemented until September, 2019.

Should you have any questions about this process, please contact the Director of Schools for your school system:

Mobile Central High School Feeder System
(St. Bernard's Elementary, Mobile Central High School)
Daniel O'Brien · 758-2359 · danielobrien@nlesd.ca.



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