OCDSB Trustee Chris Ellis @ RPPS

Dear RPPS Families,

Please take a moment to read this important message as it relates to an opportunity for you to provide input into the future schooling of your children.

OCDSB Trustee Chris Ellis will be at RPPS on Monday, October 24 at 7:00 PM in the school library and he would like to hear from you. Trustee Ellis represents OCDSB Zone 6 which includes Rockcliffe Park, New Edinburgh and Lindenlea. The focus of the discussion will be the Eastern Secondary Review in which OCDSB staff proposes to close Rideau HS and direct students from the Rideau HS area to Gloucester HS.

Visit this link for more information on the review: http://www.ocdsb.ca/sch/as/Multi-Year%20Student%20Learning%20and%20Pupil%20Accommodation%20Planning/eastern/Pages/default.aspx

Trustee Ellis has made his position clear in that he does not wish to see Rideau HS close and he would like to see if there is a means to keep it open. Here is Trustee Ellis' statement from his website:

Rideau HS Should Remain Open
"I've been asked what my position on the recommendation to close Rideau HS is.
I believe that it is in the best interest of students and the community to keep Rideau HS open and will do my best to make that case.
Failing to keep Rideau HS open I do not believe that sending all the Rideau area students to Gloucester HS is the best solution. I will be making the case that at least some of the students be redirected to Lisgar HS"

At this time none of the neighbourhoods that feed into RPPS are involved in the review as they fall into the Lisgar Collegiate Institute catchment, however it is not known if our area could be brought into this review or would be part of future reviews.

RPPS School Council believes that our parents should have as much opportunity to provide input into the education of our children as possible and we thank Trustee Ellis for meeting with us. Please attend if you wish to have your voice heard and as this affects both past and future students of RPPS please let your neighbours know about the event as well.

We will continue to inform our school community about these important issues. Here is Trustee Ellis' contact information if you wish to contact him directly with questions or concerns:
phone - 613.818.7350
email - chris.ellis@ocdsb.ca
website - http://www.schoolzone6.org/

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Questions, comments or concerns? Would you like to get involved? Email Imbaw Storer (Chair) at lingbawan@gmail.com.
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