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Questions & Responses Concerning the Yarker F.S. & Odessa P.S. PAR
Please use the link below to forward questions and/or comments, which are constructive and helpful to the Pupil Accommodation Review process.
The questions and/or comments will be forwarded to the PARC for information. Answers to questions pertinent to the work of the PARC will be posted to this website and included in the PARC meeting minutes.
Please include your name and contact information. Only comments/questions with verifiable names will be considered.   facilitator@limestone.on.ca


Listed below are the questions that were presented to the PARC at Working Meeting #1 as well as questions posed by PARC members.  
All Questions & Responses                                               Updated on February 28, 2017


Finance Related Questions                                                                                                                         Response
1.
Why is the board closing rural schools? Is there not funding from the Ministry to support rural schools and communities?
2.
What would be the cost to a community partner to lease an unused classroom at Yarker Family School?
3.
What was the cost of the Ameresco report? ?
Did the Province provide funding to offset the costs and if so how much?
4.
What data supported the construction of the FDK addition? What was the cost of the FDK addition?
Would closing the Yarker Family School after the FDK construction be consider financially irresponsible?
5.
What was the revenue generated from the sale of Westdale Park Public School?
6.
What revenue options are available at Yarker to offset costs?
7.
What is the financial impact of closing Yarker Family School?
8.
What is the total indebtiness of the Board and the Ministry for both schools?
9.
Where is the mortgage on the FDK addition to Yarker F.S.?
10.
Why was some of the financial information not included in the Initial Staff Report?

Enrolment Related Questions                                                                                                                    Response
1.
How are enrolment projections calculated?
2.
Why is there a difference between the Watson enrolment data and the Ameresco report?
3.
Where are the kids going? (Utilization and boundary)
4.
How do additional students from Yarker affect Odessa staffing utilization and costs?
5.
What action did the Board take to adress declining enrolment at Yarker F.S.?
6.
What are the difficulties in projecting enrolments for small schools?

Facility Related Questions                                                                                                                         Response
1.
What is a Facility Condition Index?
2.
Why is the table related to facility improvement missing from the Yarker F.S. School Information Profile but included in the Odessa P.S. School Information Profile?
3.
Information requested with regard to utility costs
4
Information requested with regard to operating costs
5.
Information requested rith regard to historical renewal events for 15 schools
6.
Information requested with regard to renewal costs and inspection reports.
7.
Request for a new inspection of Yarker F.S.
8.
Request for information concerning a renewal event with an estimated cost of $334,283.
        

Program Related Questions                                                                                                                       Response
1.
What extra-curricular activities will be offered to primary age students at Odessa compared to Yarker. (Provide a list of activities provided at both schools)
2.
Explain how Odessa would offer a more focused curriculum for primary-age students
3.
Is there evidence that a larger cohort base would be beneficial for primary-age children?
4.
What French Immersion Programs are provided and wher do the students come from who attend the Harrowsmith P.S. Extended french Program
5.
Are there other examples of primary enrighment programming in the Board?

Transportation Related Questions                                                                                                            Response
1.
Would students coming to Odessa from Yarker share a bus with high school students?
2.
Does it (the Staff recommendation) save on busing costs?
3.
Request for records of transportation routes

Boundary and Option Related Questions                                                                                                 Response
1.
When were the school boundaries of Yarker Family School last reviewed? (Please explain the rationale for the boundaries)
2.
Is extending the boundary an option? If boundary changed what happens to other schools?
3.
Why is Harrowsmith over capacity in comparison to Yarker?
4.
Has increasing the school grades up to grade five been considered?
Could an alternate plan be to expand grade range at Yarker?
5.
Is the closure of Yarker not in contradiction with Community Hubs?
6.
If the excess space of Yarker was rented would the capacity decrease? Would the rental of excess space be a consideration for utilization of excess space?
7.
If Yarker closes do parents have options to send their student to a school other than Odessa?

Miscellaneous Topic Questions                                                                                                                   Response
1.
Do only PARC members determine the information that is brought forward in the process?
2.
What happens to the playground equipment at Yarker?
3.
Is the vote a majority vote by Trustees?
4.
Does the Board have a Rural Schools Policy or any guidelines concerning planning for the particular needs of rural students?
5.
Does the Board own the Yarker F.S. property?
6.
Does the Board have an assessed value for the Yarker F.S. property?
7.
What are the Board's plans to sell Yarker F.S.?
8.
Has the Board considered these options related to the disposal of Yarker F.S.?
9.
What is the plan for the Yarker F.S. should there be no potential buyers?
10.
Information requested with regard to meetings with the municipalities
11.
What is the difference between meeting minutes and meeting notes?
















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