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Whitney Public School Closing?

Post #1 by JohnW » Wed May 29, 2013 6:45 pm

Word on the street............
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Whitney will be closed.. Whitney will be combined with Golden Avenue for and English speaking School.. Bertha shaw will remain French Immersion and moved to Golden Avneue although the letter we got at the school it was going to stay where it is.. and grade 7s and 8s will be going to RMSS because they have he extra space...[/quote]

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Post #2 by toaster » Wed May 29, 2013 11:08 pm

This is one cost saving measure I support (might be shocking to some). Never understood the need for DSBONE to have 3 elementary schools in the east end, which is the same amount it has in all of Timmins proper (Miller, Pinecrest and Centennial). Also, they have none in Mountjoy.

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Post #3 by Loco101 » Wed May 29, 2013 11:51 pm

[quote="JohnW"]Word on the street............



Whitney will be closed.. Whitney will be combined with Golden Avenue for and English speaking School.. Bertha shaw will remain French Immersion and moved to Golden Avneue although the letter we got at the school it was going to stay where it is.. and grade 7s and 8s will be going to RMSS because they have he extra space...
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From what I've been told and it's public knowledge:



-Any changes would take effect in September of 2014.



-It sounds as though either Whitney or Bertha Shaw would close but it hasn't officially been decided yet.



-Grade 7 and 8s will be going to RMSS



-no final decisions have been made



I'll update here if I find out about anything else.

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Post #4 by Loco101 » Thu May 30, 2013 12:03 am

Now my opinion at this point:



I was not at all surprised by the proposals. I'm married to someone who works at one of the "affected" schools. Toaster, the reason why the East end had three schools is because there was once enough enrollment that all of them were really needed. Enrollment has fallen quite a bit at most schools in the province and especially in our region. French-immersion schools seem to be losing much less from what I've been told but I don't have statistics.



Now about merging schools:



I feel it only makes sense to do it if enrollments drop. The big problem I have with it is are they just going to squish students into a school in its current layout or will they be renovating, building additions or re-configuring schools that stay open?



I feel that they should build one brand new school to replace all three. Building it on Whitney's property would probably be the best location due to space and less traffic congestion for school buses. It would be similar to how the Timmins Centennial P.S. was built on Coronation's property to replace three schools.

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Post #5 by JohnW » Thu May 30, 2013 5:45 am

[quote="Loco101"]From what I've been told and it's public knowledge:



-Any changes would take effect in September of 2014.



-It sounds as though either Whitney or Bertha Shaw would close but it hasn't officially been decided yet.



-Grade 7 and 8s will be going to RMSS



-no final decisions have been made



I'll update here if I find out about anything else.[/quote]

Apparently letters of some sort have been sent out to whomever, stating the changes I have mentioned.

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Post #6 by Brashz » Thu May 30, 2013 6:29 am

St-Charles school will most likely be closing next year as well. The grade 6 class will now be at St-Gerard and the grade 7 and 8 classes will be divided between Anicet Morin and Sacre Coeur.

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Post #7 by toaster » Thu May 30, 2013 10:38 am

It would make sense to keep Bertha Shaw, since it is French Immersion and the most populated of the three schools (plus Bertha Shaw is only JK-6, while the other two are JK-8). I would suggest moving Bertha Shaw to the bigger Golden Avenue (and make it French Immersion JK-6), and have English at Whitney (JK-6), and close the current Bertha Shaw "building", which is also the smallest, I believe.



Whitney : 141 Students

Bertha Shaw: 237 students

Golden Avenue: 198 Students



Some other schools with lower enrollment: Schumacher Public only has 147 students. St Josephs in the east end is at 117 students.



St. Charles had an enrollment of only 104 students, so I understand why that school is closing. Jacques Cartier is not far behind with 150 students.



Also heard that Timmins High and RMSS will be combining to become "one" school, with two campuses, to make it easier to keep staff on, and switch them from one school to the other easily, and it would also allow the board to use the same teacher at the two schools.

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Post #8 by Loco101 » Thu May 30, 2013 12:51 pm

I've heard pretty much the same things as well but they are still only proposals at this time.



I think you're right about Bertha Shaw being the smallest in square footage.

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Post #9 by Carrie » Thu May 30, 2013 2:38 pm

[quote="toaster"]

Also heard that Timmins High and RMSS will be combining to become "one" school, with two campuses, to make it easier to keep staff on, and switch them from one school to the other easily, and it would also allow the board to use the same teacher at the two schools.[/quote]



This is not correct.

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Post #10 by toaster » Thu May 30, 2013 3:14 pm

[quote="Carrie"]This is not correct.[/quote]

Hmm. Well I heard this from teachers at TH&VS, so it must have been discussed. I guess they decided against it?



Not sure if I need to, but I'll throw in an "allegedly" here.

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Post #11 by Carrie » Thu May 30, 2013 3:56 pm

I will do some more digging also, but had recently heard they were not going to proceed. I could be wrong also. It's known to happen :)

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Post #12 by FrancoFun » Fri May 31, 2013 11:24 am

Why stop at Whitney Public School? Close all of Porcupine while you're at it.

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Post #13 by Loco101 » Fri May 31, 2013 12:43 pm

[quote="FrancoFun"]Why stop at Whitney Public School? Close all of Porcupine while you're at it.[/quote]



Close all of Porcupine?

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Post #14 by DenBen » Fri May 31, 2013 12:52 pm

[quote="FrancoFun"]Why stop at Whitney Public School? Close all of Porcupine while you're at it.[/quote]

What did it do to you?

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Post #15 by FrancoFun » Fri May 31, 2013 3:29 pm

[quote="Loco101"]Close all of Porcupine?[/quote]




Actually, close everything east of Casey's. We'll save a lot of money on infrastructure (and public transportation).

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Post #16 by JohnW » Fri May 31, 2013 3:59 pm

They'd just have to move everything west into cottage country out by Canadian Tire.

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Post #17 by Loco101 » Fri May 31, 2013 4:08 pm

[quote="FrancoFun"]Actually, close everything east of Casey's. We'll save a lot of money on infrastructure (and public transportation).[/quote]

And how much would it cost to move everything Mr. Fedeli?

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Post #18 by Carrie » Fri May 31, 2013 4:22 pm

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Post #19 by Carrie » Fri May 31, 2013 4:22 pm

[quote="Loco101"]And how much would it cost to move everything Mr. Fedeli?[/quote]


Nothing. You can just add another 2 or 3% to the HST! :) [snicker

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Post #20 by Loco101 » Fri May 31, 2013 5:47 pm

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Post #21 by Budgetman » Fri May 31, 2013 5:49 pm

i prefer living out in south end.
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Post #22 by JohnW » Fri May 31, 2013 5:59 pm

Why?

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Post #23 by Budgetman » Fri May 31, 2013 6:31 pm

i dunno, living in timmins sucked in my eyes, living out in south end feels more i don't know the way to make the feeling into a word lol
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Post #24 by JohnW » Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:37 am

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