Sept. 25, 2019 --
The School District No. 57 Board of Education provided a notice of motion Tuesday night that it will debate at its October meeting catchment and capacity recommendations made for Edgewood Elementary School and Spruceland Traditional Elementary School.
The notice of motion came during the Board's regular public meeting, the first of the 2019-2020 school year.
The upcoming meeting will be held on Oct. 29 in the boardroom at 2100 Ferry Ave.
A report to the district's Education Services Committee, issued by the Catchment and Capacity Review Stakeholder Advisory Committee, recommended moving Edgewood and Spruceland from the Duchess Park Family of Schools to the D.P. Todd Family of Schools. The Education Services Committee supported the recommendation, which would see Grade 7 students leaving Edgewood Elementary and Spruceland Traditional Elementary in June 2020 attend secondary school at D.P. Todd Secondary instead of Duchess Park Secondary in September 2020.
The change has been recommended as a solution to overpopulation at Duchess Park, a triple-track secondary school that opened in March 2010.
Renovation of D.P. Todd Secondary, which would add 300 seats to the current 600, is the top priority on School District No. 57's five-year capital plan. The use of additional portables at D.P. Todd will be considered in the short-term.
The recommendation to move Edgewood and Spruceland into the D.P. Todd Family of Schools stems from Catchment and Capacity Review Stakeholder Advisory Committee meetings held on Dec. 19, 2018 and Jan. 8, 2019.