Marystown Central High School System Review (Phase II)
The Board of Trustees of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District has recently undertaken a review of the Marystown Central High School System with the potential for closure of a school within this system.

It is important to note that no final decisions have been made at this time and potential changes would not take effect until September, 2020.

The review began following the October 26, 2019 meeting of the Board, focusing on potential school system improvements in areas of declining enrolment and involved initial consultations with the school councils and/or school community.

For all early information and the initial feedback shared during the first round of community consultations, please visit the archived website here (Fall, 2019).

The Marystown Central High school feeder system includes:

This school system is represented on the Board by Zone 10 Trustee Eric Ayers.

Please find below information outlining the:

  • Notice of Motion
  • Correspondence/Memos
  • Systems Review Presentation
  • Information Booklet (updated)
  • Consultations
  • Process Summary
  • Timelines
  • School System Contact Information.
Notice of Motion
The following two separate motions were tabled at the December 7, 2019 meeting of the Board of Trustees:

MOTION 1: Marystown Central High School System, Marystown Central High (10-12), Pearce Junior High (8-9), Sacred Heart Academy (K-7), Donald C. Jamieson Academy (K-7):

  • WHEREAS the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is committed to providing the best possible educational programs for students; and

  • WHEREAS a reorganization of schooling in the Marystown Central High School system is required to achieve that objective;

  • BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that: Pearce Junior High, 8-9 will close effective June 2020.

  • BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED that: Marystown Central High will be reconfigured from Grades 10-12 to Grades 8-12.

  • BE IT THEREFORE FURTHER RESOLVED that: Students attending Pearce Junior High will attend Marystown Central High (8-12) effective September, 2020.

Update: At the February 1, 2020 public meeting of the Board, Trustees decided not to proceed with the previously outlined 'Motion 2' for the Marystown Central High School System, which had proposed grade reconfigurations and catchment realignments for Sacred Heart Academy and Donald C. Jamieson Academy. As trustees moved through the review process, it was determined that the programming considerations were not such that Motion 2 was necessary at this time. For reference, please find the original wording of Motion 2, which is no longer being considered, below.

MOTION 2: Marystown Central High School System, Marystown Central High (10-12), Pearce Junior High (8-9), Sacred Heart Academy (K-7), Donald C. Jamieson Academy (K-7):

  • WHEREAS the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District is committed to providing the best possible educational programs for students; and

  • WHEREAS a reconfiguration of grading in the Marystown Central High School system is required to achieve that objective;

  • BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that: Sacred Heart Academy will be reconfigured from Grades K-7 to Grades K-4. Donald C. Jamieson Academy will be reconfigured from Grades K-7 to Grades 5-7.

Motion 1 is expected to be voted on at the March 28, 2020 public meeting of the Board following the sharing of information and consultation with the school community, as outlined below.

Correspondence/Memos
Systems Review Presentation
Please find below the recent Board meeting presentation of the school system review.
Information Booklet
In the interest of ensuring an informed community discussion ahead of the March 28, 2020 meeting of the Board of Trustees, the District has updated its Information Book for the Marystown Central High School System Review, originally released during preliminary community consultations on November 1, 2019.
Consultations

It is extremely important for members of the school community to provide their feedback during this process and the District is providing a number of opportunities for school community members to have their voices heard.

ThoughtExchange
An opportunity for community members to present views and opinions of the changes proposed in the December 7, 2019 Notice of Motion was made available to the school community through the online consultation tool ThoughtExchange,in January, 2020.

As part of the school review consultation process, the school community was asked to provide their input on two separate questions related to each of the motions anticipated to be brought forward.

As noted previously, at the February 1 meeting of the Board, Trustees decided not to proceed with the previously outlined 'Motion 2', which had proposed grade reconfigurations and catchment realignments for Sacred Heart Academy and Donald C. Jamieson Academy. However, in the interest of transparency, while a vote on Motion 2 will not be proceeding, the District has provided the school community with a complete report on the specific feedback related to the now-withdrawn motion.

For the ThoughtExchange reports related to the questions asked of the community, please see the links provided below.

Question Related to Motion 1

What are your thoughts and perspectives on the Motion 1 for the Marystown Central High School Systems, as outlined on the District webpage?

Please review the report developed for the Motion 1 exchange here.

Question Related to Motion 2

What are your thoughts and perspectives on the Motion 2 for the Marystown Central High School Systems, as outlined on the District webpage?

Please review the report developed for the Motion 2 exchange here.

Please note: Any member of the school community who may have issues connecting with ThoughtExchange using technology (internet connection problems, computer access, language barriers, etc.) should connect with the school administration of a school within this system. District schools are committed to ensuring families are able to provide their valuable input into this process.

School Community Meeting
The District will be holding a public school community meeting in your area on Monday, March 2, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the gymnasium of Marystown Central High.

Members of the school community who would like to make a presentation to the Board of Trustees may do so at this time. Please note:

  • Priority will be given to parents/guardians of students within the system.
  • Presenters are asked to contact John Way at 709-727-8684 (between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.) or johnway@nlesd.ca by Thursday, February 20th at 4:00 p.m. to schedule a time.
  • Presentations are to be a maximum of 10 minutes in length and Trustees may wish to pose questions to presenters for clarity following the allotted presentation time.
  • An electronic or hard (paper) copy of your presentation is to be provided to the District and will become a record of the Board of Trustees.
Process Summary
As of the Notice of Motion on December 7, 2019, the process for the Marystown Central High school system review will include:
  • Consultation with the school communities;
  • An inclusive survey mechanism (ThoughtExchange) will be provided for individuals to outline their thoughts and opinions on the motion(s) being considered during the review (Round Two);
  • A school community meeting will be scheduled in the area to invite presentations, scheduled in advance, to be made to the Board;
  • In the interest of ensuring an informed community discussion, the District and ThoughtExchange will analyze the results of online consultations and a report on the results will be provided to the school community in advance of the school community meeting; and
  • At the March 28, 2020 public meeting of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board in St. John's, trustees will vote on the motion.
Timelines
  • January, 2020 - A new and updated webpage containing information on the proposed school system review will be made available to the school community following the December 7, 2019 Notice of Motion from the Board of Trustees. The District will make a ThoughtExchange opportunity (Round Two) available to school communities to provide input on the motions. The survey will be available for approximately 10 days to 2 weeks. The District, in conjunction with ThoughtExchange, will analyze the data and work to provide a public report on the thoughts collected within a few weeks of the deadline date.
  • February/March, 2020 - District staff will continue discussions with school administrators and school councils. Where weather and schedules permit, trustees may be provided an opportunity to tour the area school(s). A public meeting will be held in the area where individuals will be invited to make scheduled presentations to the Board (maximum 10 minutes in length). The meeting will be chaired by a member of the Board of Trustees, attended by District staff, and open to the public.
  • March, 2020 - Board trustees will review and consider all feedback received from the school community, as well as all information and data provided from District staff throughout the school review process. At their regular public meeting on March 28, 2020, which is expected to be live-streamed at www.nlesd.ca, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School Board Trustees will vote on the motions.
Contact Information

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

Marystown Central High School System
(Sacred Heart Academy, Donald C. Jamieson Academy, Pearce Junior High, and Marystown Central High)
Donald Perry · (709) 279-7814 (ext.246) · donaldperry@nlesd.ca.



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