PARC particpants head into the final stretch - have they been able to have a real impact on the decision that gets made or did the process get in the way?

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By Pepper Parr March 26th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   The dynamic of any group of people takes a little time to reveal itself. When the […]

PARC gets one more kick at the can - additional meeting to listen to

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By Pepper Parr March 26th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   You would think that after three months of being tightly focused on the issue of closing […]

New dates for report delivery, delegation date and final school closing reports to the trustees who will make a decision on June 7

Unhappy parent

By Staff March 24th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   It isn’t over yet friends. The 14 members of the Program Accommodation Review Committee (PARC) decided last […]

Jane Michael explains why we have Catholic schools and why they will never locate themselves into the public school buildings.

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By Pepper Parr March 24th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   During the Program Accommodation Review (PAR) deliberations taking place at the Public School Board, and in […]

Board of education wants your input on the next budget - they make it quick and easy.

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By Pepper Parr March 23, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Spending as much as five minutes on what is normally the snooze of the season is […]

The number of people who completed the high school closing survey and the quality of the data has become a focus for the PAR participants.

PARC the Aldershot delegates

By Pepper Parr March 22, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Quantitative? Qualitative? How many people responded to the survey and was there balance in the responses. […]

PARC members are told that they are in a dirty fight and are being forced to oppose their colleagues and parents from other communities.

Sharn Picken confering with a parentr at a PARC

By Pepper Parr March 22, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   The gloves are coming off! While the Board of Education is considering adding more time for […]

Parents reviewing school closing options might get more time to do the job they want to do.

PARC Jan 27 - school reps

By Pepper Parr March 22, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   It was a very productive meeting and the Program Accommodation Review heard comments that several thought […]

First look at the second survey data suggests that the 1611 people who responded don't want any of their schools closed.

PARC with options on the walls

By Pepper Parr March 22, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Capturing data that is valid, balanced and detailed enough to tell research analysts what people think […]

Key data will not be available to the PARC until their final meeting.

Newsflash oblong

By Staff March 20th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   IPSOS Reid will not complete the analysis and formatting of the data on parent views related to […]

Brand names catch our eye - we tend to trust them. look twice before responding.

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By Pepper Parr March 20th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   If your household is anything like mine the Netflix subscription is key to whatever time there […]

PARC members getting the short end of the stick and then expected to deliberate wisely without data and faulty information.

Students doing survey

By Pepper Parr March 20th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   The leading news story this past few months has been the work being done by the […]

The PAR committee needs to find its voice this week and require the Board of Education to treat them more professionally.

PARC with options on the walls

By Pepper Parr March 20th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   With Spring Break over and most of the snow melted away the citizens of the city […]

Some tough talk on what parents and the PARC representing them have to do if high school closures are to be prevented.

Unhappy parent

By Pepper Parr March 19th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Tom Muir’s bottom line is that “the Board is cooking the books”. Tom Muir at a […]

There are five conditions that can be used to close a school. The Director of Education cited two of them. What are the other three?

Room was packed Mar 7

By Pepper Parr March 17, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Run that by me again – Why are we doing this ? According to the Board’s […]

The writing of a report - the Director of Education gets less than six days to sum up what the PARC has been working away at for months.

HDSB Parents at PARC 1 Jan 26-17

By Pepper Parr March 16th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   There is something wrong with the schedule. The 14 members of the PARC are going to […]

If Crime Stoppers is anonymous - how do they deliver the reward money?

By Pepper Parr March 14th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Just how does Crime stoppers work? Everyone knows what Crime Stoppers is. Few know just how […]

A passionate educator faces a dilemma: follow his muse or take direction from the parents through the trustees they elected,

Stuart Miller

By Pepper Parr March 14th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Halton District School Board Director of Education Stuart Miller is not wrong – but he isn’t […]

Halton Disrict School Board decides to close everything - schools are already closed for Spring Break

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By Staff March 13, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Tomorrow, (Tuesday, March 14, 2017) the Halton District School Board office and all Board-related sites will be […]

Fraud month - an area resident recently lost $14,000 to a scam artist.

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By Staff March 13th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   It’s Fraud Prevention Month (#FPM2017) and the Halton Regional Police Service released the second of four scheduled […]