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School Closure Proposal Report - St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School 

Frequently Asked Questions - St. Basil School Closure Proposal

What We Heard Report - February 2022


February 23, 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,  

At the February 23, 2022, regular Public Meeting of the Board, the Edmonton Catholic School Division Board of Trustees approved the closure of St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School effective June 30, 2022. 

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we would like to extend our appreciation to everyone who contributed to the public participation process in making this decision. Thank you to the families and community stakeholders who attended the Information Session, shared their thoughts in Table Talks, and took the time to respond to the school closure proposal by email, survey, letter, over the phone, or through video. 

The decision to close a school is always very challenging and complex. We understand this information is difficult to receive and that you will have many questions regarding the next steps for your child’s education. The mission of Edmonton Catholic Schools is to provide a Catholic education that inspires students to learn and prepares them to live fully and serve God in one another. Our commitment is to help your family transition to a new school community so that your children can continue to experience this beautiful mission. 

The Division will provide more information on the transition process in the coming weeks. 

Sincerely,

Sandra Palazzo
Chair, Board of Trustees


January 26, 2022

The engagement process for the St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School Closure Proposal is now complete. All emails received prior to midnight on January 25, 2022, will be compiled and forwarded to the Board of Trustees for their consideration. Edmonton Catholic School Division thanks you for participating and values all perspectives that have been shared throughout this process.


January 18, 2022

On Monday, January 17, 2022, a virtual information session was held for all stakeholders.



January 17, 2022

If you need help registering for the info session on Monday, January 17, 2022, or for the Table Talks on January 18 and 19, 2022, please feel free to email the event organizer brittany@rmdelaney.com for assistance


January 14, 2022

On January 14, 2022, Edmonton Catholic School Division received the Community Impact Statement from the City of Edmonton. 

Click here for the report. 


December 15, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,  

The Edmonton Catholic School Division Board of Trustees passed a motion at the November 24, 2021, regular board meeting to consider the closure of St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School effective June 30, 2022, and commence the public participation process to gather information, ask questions, and share thoughts as set out in Policy 14, School Closure. 

The Division invites all stakeholders to participate in the engagement process for St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School in the following ways: 

Survey and Written Submissions 

You may complete an online survey to provide your feedback to the Board of Trustees. In addition, you may also email feedback to engagement@ecsd.net 

Paper copies of the survey will also be available at St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School.  

You can mail a completed form or a written submission to: 

Lumen Christi Catholic Education Centre 
Attention: Communications and Engagement Services 
9807 106 Street, NW  
Edmonton, AB T5K 1C2 

All surveys and written submissions must be received by Tuesday, January 25, 2022. All submissions will be compiled and forwarded to the Board of Trustees for consideration. 

Virtual Meeting 

On Monday, January 17, 2022, at 6:00 PM, all stakeholders are invited to attend a virtual information session to learn more about the School Closure Proposal. We will share the most frequently asked questions to date and provide responses to them. If you are unable to attend, the presentation will be available to view on-demand the following day. 

Please click here to attend this virtual information session. 

Table Talks 

Following the information session, stakeholders are invited to sign up to attend one of the online Table Talks on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, or Wednesday, January 19, 2022. There will be multiple times to choose from, and we request that you sign up for only one session. The Table Talks will be facilitated by a professional facilitator, and you will be able to share your feedback on the School Closure Proposal. Feedback will be compiled and forwarded to the Board of Trustees for consideration. 

Stakeholders interested in participating should click this link to register. 

Video Submissions 

Finally, we welcome video submissions as a method to share feedback on the School Closure Proposal. You are invited to record and submit a three-minute (or less) video, emailed to engagement@ecsd.net. All submissions will be compiled and forwarded to the Board of Trustees and posted online for public viewing. 

The deadline to receive video submissions is Tuesday, January 25, 2022. 

Engagement Contact 

All stakeholders are invited to contact Karen Garlitos, Engagement Specialist, by telephone at 780-441-6122 with any comments or email her at engagement@ecsd.net. Notes of each call and conversation will be kept and included with the feedback presented to the Board of Trustees. Please note that all submissions will be included in their full and original form for review by the Board of Trustees.  

The deadline for phone submissions is Tuesday, January 25, 2022. 


School Closure Proposal Information 

The School Closure Proposal is available on the ECSD public website and St. Basil school website. We strongly encourage you to review the information so that you are informed about the School Closure Proposal.  

Board Decision 

The Board of Trustees will hold a regularly scheduled Public Board meeting to decide whether to close St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School. Prior to the meeting, a report with a summary of what we heard during the public participation process will be shared with the Board of Trustees and the public.  

The Public Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 3:00 PM 

In accordance with the public comment procedure outlined in Board Policy 7, Board Operations, members of the public may offer comments at this Board meeting. 

The Board of Trustees looks forward to your input regarding this important matter. 

Sincerely,  
Sandra Palazzo 
Board Chair 

Letter to Parents - St. Basil Public Participation - Dec 15, 2021
Engagement Plan for St. Basil Catholic School - Dec 15, 2021


November 29, 2021

On November 29, 2021, Superintendent John Fiacco attended the St. Basil SAC meeting. Click here for a transcript.


November 24, 2021

Re: School Closure Proposal - St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

At the November 24, 2021, regular Public Meeting of the Board, the Board of Trustees accepted a recommendation from ECSD Administration to commence the public participation process to gather information, ask questions, and share thoughts regarding the possible closure of St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School as set out in Policy 14, School Closure. The Board passed the following recommendation:

  • That the Board of Trustees hereby provides notice that a motion regarding the closure of St. Basil Catholic Elementary /Junior High, effective Thursday, June 30, 2022, be considered at the Board of Trustee’s public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, 2022. 

The Board of Trustees’ Policy 14, School Closure sets out the formal process that must be followed when a closure is being considered, prior to the Board making its decision on whether or not to close St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School. This includes providing notice to parents and students who are affected by the decision.

Public Meeting

The Board of Trustees will hold a public meeting for parents, guardians, students, and other persons regarding the proposed closure of St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School. 

At the meeting, ECSD will share information, including the rationale, the plans for students, and the timelines for decision making. The meeting will be held on:
 
 Date: Monday, January 17, 2022
 Time: 6 p.m.
 
 Information on how to participate in this meeting and facilitated discussions will be communicated no later than Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

 Questions and Written/Video Submissions

The Board of Trustees welcomes your input and invites you to provide comments at engagement@ecsd.net

Please note all written and video submissions must be received by Monday, January 24, 2022, for the Board of Trustees to give due consideration to the submissions received prior to making a final decision on the proposed closure. In the December 15, 2021, communication, we will provide more information on how to submit written and video submissions. 

Any questions regarding the Board of Trustees’ consideration of closure of St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School may be submitted in writing to engagement@ecsd.net

While it is not possible to respond individually to questions or inquiries prior to the public meeting, select questions and themes will be answered at the public meeting. Please visit our website for more information on the school closure proposal for St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School.

Board Decision

The Board of Trustees will hold a regularly scheduled Public Board meeting to decide whether to close St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School. The meeting will be held on:

Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Time: 3:00 p.m.

In accordance with the public comment procedure outlined in Policy 7, Board Operations, members of the public may offer comments at this Board meeting.

Following the February 23, 2022, Public Board meeting, the Board of Trustees will communicate its final decision and any other relevant information.

The Board of Trustees looks forward to your input regarding this important matter.

Yours truly,

 Sandra Palazzo
 Chair, Board of Trustees



November 22, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Edmonton Catholic School Division would like to inform you that ECSD Administration will be presenting a recommendation to the Board of Trustees on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, to consider the commencement of the public participation process regarding the possible closure of St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School effective Thursday, June 30, 2022. The Public Meeting will be live-streamed, and a link to the broadcast is available on the ECSD website. The Board of Trustees has not made a decision about whether to close the school

During the 2019-2020 school year, ECSD Administration shared concerns with the Board of Trustees about persistent low enrolment and heard community feedback around the options that could be considered. In considering public feedback in February 2020, the Board of Trustees made the decision not to continue with the closure of St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School and relocation of the Polish Bilingual program. 

Despite the collaborative efforts of the Division, the school, and the community, enrolment at St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School continues to decline. Through the initiative of Walking Together Towards a Glorious Future, the Edmonton Catholic School Division is committed to continuing to find effective and efficient ways to provide a learning environment that aligns with the Division Plan for Continuous Growth. To ensure the decision being made is in the best interests of all ECSD students, ECSD Administration is recommending that the Board of Trustees considers the closure of St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High.

Should the Board provide notice on November 24, 2021, that it will be moving to consider the closure of St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School, stakeholders will be notified, and Administration will be directed to begin the public participation process. You will also be alerted of the opportunities to gather information, ask questions, and share your thoughts regarding a possible closure. A final decision regarding closure would be made by the Board of Trustees at the Wednesday, February 23, 2022, Public Board meeting.

 The report recommending the commencement of the formal process to consider the closure of St. Basil Catholic Elementary/Junior High School is now available on both the St. Basil’s school website and our Division website.

Sincerely, 

 

John Fiacco

Superintendent, Educational Planning

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