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Recommendations for schools presented today

UPDATE: Trustees will wait to see a business case the Sophiasburgh ARC committee proposes to turn the school into a community hub – including a commercial kitchen, child care centre and public library.
The group has until May 1 to present its plan with contract agreements, otherwise the students will move to Queen Elizabeth School in Picton, then onto PECI with the others, for September 2018.

Decisions are to be made this afternoon that will change the landscape of schools in Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

The Student Enrolment School Capacity committee will make final recommendations regarding the closure and consolidation of schools in both counties this afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Education Centre on Ann St., Belleville. The final decision is to be made at the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board meeting June 19.

For Prince Edward County schools, the following recommendations are being put forward:

Recommendation #1

That the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee recommend that the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board approve consolidating students from Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) and Sophiasburgh Central School at Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) to form a Kindergarten – Grade 6 School effective September 2017, as contained in Report No. B-3, dated June 12, 2017.

Recommendation #2

That the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee recommend that the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board approve the relocation of Grade 7 and 8 students from Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) and Sophiasburgh Central School to Prince Edward Collegiate Institute creating a Grade 7 – 12 school, effective September 2017, as contained in Report No. B-3, dated June 12, 2017.

Recommendation #3

That the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee recommend that the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board approve consolidating students from Queen Elizabeth School (Picton) and Prince Edward Collegiate Institute at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute creating a Kindergarten to Grade 12 School, effective September 2018, as contained in Report No. B-3, dated June 12, 2017.

Recommendation #4

That the Student Enrolment/School Capacity Committee recommend that the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board approve continuing to explore opportunities for community partnerships for the consolidated school(s), including child care opportunities that are aligned with the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan priorities, as contained in Report No. B-3, dated June 12, 2017.

Click here for the Prince Edward County Area Accommodation Review Final Report

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  1. wevil says:

    there is not a B of M in Wellington i is the Nova Scotia Bank
    CIBC boasts of record profits but they choose to close this bank so they can make more profit they are just money grubbers

  2. james says:

    My suggestion is that we have to wake up and demand control of our own schools, and responsibility of CIBC in Bloomfield.

    Since when do school directors in urban Belleville decide The County will close a majority of our elementary schools which form the backbone of our towns and villages?

    Similarly, how does CIBC think it will be unscathed by inconveniencing customers who have dealt with the Bloomfield branch? Bloomfield customers should refuse to deal in Picton where parking is becoming horrendously awkward and expensive with the greed of council, as well as inconvenient for less-mobile people who will be forced to travel up and down Main Street to buy tickets and then return to their cars to place these tickets on the dash.

    BIA should request an ATM be placed in Bloomfield for the convenience of tourists and locals. Other residents should move their business to Wellington Bank of Montreal where parking is adequate in the village, bank staff are helpful, and B of M will welcome the increased business.

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