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Notice regarding St. Basil School


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


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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