Presentation on theme: "November 2014. DEC meeting, October 8, 2014 – motion was made on Pennfield School: “ Council direct the Superintendent to inform Minister Rousselle."— Presentation transcript:
DEC meeting, October 8, 2014 – motion was made on Pennfield School: “ Council direct the Superintendent to inform Minister Rousselle that we intend to study School Sustainability for Pennfield School. This will allow us under the department’s Policy 409 – Multi Year School Infrastructure Planning – to begin the public consultation process to gather community and stakeholder input to the recommendation.”
6.4.2 A DEC must consider the following criteria when studying a school’s sustainability. This list does not preclude a DEC from considering other factors relevant to their local circumstances. 1. Low/declining enrolments: 2. Health and Safety: 3. Quality of Education Programs and Services: 4. Transportation: 5. Finances: 6. Impact on the local community: 7. Impact on other schools: 8. Economic development:
6.5.3 The DEC will ensure that affected persons: are provided with information relevant to the proposal; have adequate time to consider the information provided; and, have adequate time and opportunity to make a presentation to the DEC (i.e. let their views be known either in writing or orally) and are heard impartially at an open DEC meeting.
6.5.4 There will be a minimum of three public DEC meetings on the possible closure – one meeting to inform the school community of the DECs’ intention and the steps to be followed, a second meeting to provide the opportunity to make a presentation (in writing or orally) and a final meeting to provide the public with the results of the consultation, including an account of the factors considered, as per section 6.4 of this policy, and resulting recommendation being submitted to the Minister.
A DEC will inform the Minister in writing of a recommendation to close a school, following the public consultation process. The Minister shall normally respond to a recommendation to close a school within a period of time no less than 30 days and not exceeding 60 days.
K-5 school built in 1950 Enrolment declined by 44% since 1997 59 students enrolled as of Sept Max capacity for Pennfield is 94 students Pennfield does not have a gym Pennfield is not handicapped accessible Pennfield has green space, a playground and a playfield Parking around the school is sufficient Pennfield does not have a cafeteria
Project Cost Fire prevention (2000, 05, 06) $29,016 Building interior – building security (2006) 1,755 Heating and ventilation – boiler upgrade (2009) 23,549 Site improvement - entrance (2012) 5,099 Total $59,419
Project Cost Building envelope – exterior windows and doors $150,000 Building envelope – roof replacement 200,000 Water supply and sewer – bathroom upgrade 175,000 Total $525,000
Light & power $ 6,303 Heating fuel 5,011 Minor repairs 6,382 Garbage removal 2,270 Snowplowing 4,000 Total $23,966
Black’s Harbour is 10 kms from Pennfield Black’s Harbour has excess capacity Has large gym, playground, cafeteria and auditorium School is fully accessible including the bathrooms No major capital investment would be required School is in excellent shape for the year Significant improvements have been made to Black’s since 2000 $1.7 million in total including new exterior link being completed now
Proposed Boundary for Black's Harbour
The following slides list many of the programs and activities offered at Black’s Harbour. This is intended to provide families information about Black’s Harbour. The District recognizes that many programs and activities are offered by the staff and partners at Pennfield Elementary as well.
K-6 school built in 1950 Enrolment peaked in 2000, dropped 46% since then Max capacity of Black’s Harbour is 346 Extra large gym (intramurals, after school rentals every night of the week other than when construction is happening) Playground in excellent shape and great location Large cafeteria (Chartwells serving hot lunches every day) Auditorium (capacity for 250 people) Computer lab (desk tops, lap tops, net books, i-pads, etc.) Music room (with class sets of musical instruments and piano) Community Room for in-school and after-school programming Smartboards and FM systems in every classroom New Bathrooms (2013) - fully accessible Addition of a link and elevator between the buildings (completion date Feb 2015) Complete accessibility
Community Schools Program Part-time community school coordinator Backpack Program (providing food to homes on weekends) School Supply Program ( for those in need) Daily Breakfast Program for all students (serves cereal, milk, juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, granola bars, etc.) In-school Mentoring Program through Big Brothers Big Sisters (with both adult and teen mentors) After School Enrichment Clubs [examples: Lego Club, Cooking Club, Kids Zumba, Art Club, Girls Circle, Game-On, Knitting Club,Board Games Club, etc.) Clothing Closet (gently used items for all to access, new coats, new boots and new mittens stocked each year) Healthy Snacks (morning, recess, noon, and throughout the day) Student Leadership Student Led Clubs (noon hour clubs): Confidence Club, Bully Busters, Sports Club, Writing Club, Art Club Playground Pals BHS Monthly Video Awards (celebrating academic achievement, improvement, attendance, honorable mentions, recognitions, etc.) Student morning announcements, school dances Assist in community/H&S events (projects like Remembrance Day, Spring Fair, etc.)
Light & power $58,156 Minor repairs 9,676 Garbage removal 3,086 Water and Sewage 7,332 Snowplowing 7,216 Total $85,466
Next meeting date – Jan. 13, 2015 This presentation will be posted to ASD-S website at: Written feedback can be submitted: via to 0r send a letter to the attention of: Robert Fowler, Chair District Education Council 490 Woodward Avenue Saint John, NB E2K 5N3