Accommodation Review Committee Meeting November 16, 2009 Petrolia Area of Schools Questions and Answers Following the Meeting Question The Dawn-Euphemia School under-capacity can be a part solution to the overcrowding at Petrolia area of schools. The village of Oil Springs is merely one mile north of the present boundary for Dawn-Euphemia at Aberfeldy. How can this option be pursued with the current committee structure where D-E is part of the Dresden areas of schools? Answer. When we look at the over crowding at Hillcrest two things are evident. The increase in the enrolment in French Immersion programs has impacted the overall numbers. At the same time there have been increases in Petrolia schools, there have been enrolment declines in the nearest school, Lambton Centennial. Boundary changes may be considered by the committee and if we study Centennial boundaries it will be evident that they border on the Dawn Euphemia catchment area. When boundaries were studied back in 2001 it was felt that moving a catchment area over a concession or two would not impact enough students to have the desired change in enrolment. The families of both Centennial and Dawn Euphemia are spread over a large geographic area and both school communities would like to attract more students. Question Please clarify the role of the public at the ARC Meetings and the role of the ARC members. Answer The ARC meetings are true committee meetings and not intended to be town hall type meetings. The board room table arrangement for ARC members is designed to encourage dialogue among the members. The ARC members are expected to share information from the ARC meetings with the group they represent and bring feedback to the next meeting. As per Ministry of Education direction, the ARC members are responsible for developing a recommendation to be presented to the Board of Trustees and Board Administration. There is a specific time, towards the end of every meeting, where questions from the public are accepted by the Committee. The questions and answers will be posted on the Board website. As well, the public is welcome to submit questions or suggestions in writing to ARC members at any time. ARC members would bring the question or suggestion to the next ARC Meeting to share. Question While the microphone assisted with the sound it not entirely correct for large spaces and for those with hearing impairment. Answer We have learned that the acoustics in a large auditorium make it hard for the discussion of the committee members to be heard. We are investigating alternative sound system for use in the gyms.