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Trustees make decision on accommodation of Wembley students

Rainbow District School Board trustees made a decision regarding the accommodation of students from Wembley Public School, approving the final recommendations presented by the Board’s Administrative Council during the regular Board meeting on November 17, 2008.

“The decision brings to a close a year-long accommodation review,” said Board Chair Judy Hunda. “On behalf of the Board and its Administrative Council, I would like to thank the Accommodation Review Committee for Wembley Public School and the public for their engagement in this important process.”

Rainbow District School Board trustees approved the following motions:

That Princess Anne Public School be revitalized, using green technology wherever possible, to accommodate JK to Grade 8 students from Wembley Public School and students from Wembley’s three Intensive Support Programs.

That Wembley Public School be closed.

In making its final recommendations to the Board, Administrative Council considered student learning as the first and foremost priority.  “Our primary mandate was to maximize student learning within the resources available to the Board and ensure that all students continue to have access to the best programming possible in quality school facilities,” said Director of Education Jean Hanson.

She added: “The revitalization of Princess Anne Public School presents synergies, including opportunities to enhance the use of the property, expand the building, and incorporate green technology into a sustainable school for the future.  This will improve the learning environment for students and staff and produce long-term savings for the Board.”

Rainbow District School Board will now apply to the Ministry of Education for funds to proceed with the revitalization project. “It is clearly our goal to obtain as much funding as possible from the Ministry and invest those dollars in sustainable solutions that provide the best learning opportunities possible for our students,” said Director Hanson.

The Administrative Council’s final report on the accommodation of students from Wembley Public School is available online at rainbowschools.ca. Click on “accommodation” under “highlights”.


Media Contact:

Nicole Charette, Senior Advisor,

Corporate Communications and Strategic Planning,

Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7217.