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Final decision on Ottawa school closures expected in March

Last Updated Sep 1, 2016 at 4:13 am EDT

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OTTAWA – We should know what will happen to eight Ottawa schools that are being considered for closure by next spring.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board is conducting a review that could end with some or all of the schools on the list closing down.

Other options include changes in grade structure or school boundaries.

If any of the schools are closed, students would be re-distributed among other schools in the area starting in September, 2017.

The first two reviews will begin this September — the Western Area review and the Eastern Secondary review.

The Western Area review includes Bell, Merivale, Sir Robert Borden and Woodroffe Secondary Schools.

The Eastern Secondary Review includes Gloucester, Colonel By and Rideau High Schools.

The school board says these areas were chosen due to “the accommodation pressures and school utilization rates and the opportunities to enhance student learning and consolidate excess pupil space by September 2017.”

Reports and notifications to the Ministry of Education will be submitted in September, with the first of a series of public meetings set for November.

The final decision is expected in March, 2017.

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