School board update

ShawnMenardBy Shawn Menard, OCDSB

As we head into the summer season, the Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) is wrapping up several major initiatives as well as scheduling new undertakings for the fall.

2017-2018 Budget

On May 30, staff were to present the OCDSB 2017-18 Draft Budget.

Monday, June 5 at 7 p.m., the OCDSB will be hearing from delegations regarding the budget, with debate commencing afterwards. All meetings will take place at 133 Greenbank Road. The budget is nearly $900 million and represents the priorities of the district.

The schedule is as follows:
June 5, 2017 – Public delegations and committee questions
June 12, 2017 – Budget debate commences
June 19, 2017 – Budget debate (if required) and recommendation to the Board
* The timelines for registering as a delegation (four minutes) at Budget Committee have been extended to noon Monday, June 4. To register in advance, please contact Anyone can register just prior to the start of the meeting as a two-minute delegation.

Please contact me if you would like more information, or visit:

School Reviews:

Over the next five years, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will be conducting student learning and pupil accommodation reviews that will cover most geographic areas across Ottawa. This means we are reviewing our schools, programs and student enrolment to ensure we have sustainable and vibrant learning environments. There will be recommendations for change. This may include changes in grade structure at a particular school (eg. a K-5 school becomes K-6), changes in program offerings (eg. adding or removing Middle or Early French Immersion), changes in school boundaries, and in some cases school closure.

I have personally been very concerned about the speed and breadth of these reviews and the consolidation of programs and schools in our communities. I will continue to mitigate these negative decisions where I am able to at the board table.

The next review is scheduled for Alta Vista/Hunt Club. There was to be a community meeting May 29 at Ridgemont High School, 2597 Alta Vista Drive.

The Alta Vista/Hunt Club Review will include the following schools:

Alta Vista Public School
Arch Street Public School
Bayview Public School
Blossom Park Public School
Charles H. Hulse Public School
Dunlop Public School
Elizabeth Park Public School
Featherston Drive Public School
Fielding Drive Public School
General Vanier Public School
Hawthorne Public School
Pleasant Park Public School
Riverview Alternative School
Robert Bateman Public School
Roberta Bondar Public School
Sawmill Creek Elementary School
Vincent Massey Public School

Brookfield High School
Canterbury High School
Hillcrest High School
Ridgemont High School

The accommodation review of the Alta Vista Hunt Club Area is now scheduled to begin in September. For more information on these reviews please visit

As always, if you have any questions or comments please send me a note or call:

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