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Thoughtexchange Frequently Asked Questions

What is Thoughtexchange?

Thoughtexchange uses Group Insight Platform™ that fosters information exchange and collaborative leadership to collect and share the community's thoughts. During the three-step process, stakeholders share their thoughts, star what others say, and discover what matters most throughout the process. Participants will be invited by email to participate in the survey. After sharing thoughts on two questions about City of Sarnia elementary schools, participants were able to prioritize the thoughts/responses of others in the 'Star' phase.

The LKDSB and Thoughtexchange will keep your email address confidential and will not share it with anyone else. Although individual thoughts were shared with others during the "Star" step in the process, individual names and email addresses will never be publicly connected to your thoughts, nor will that information be shared with the LKDSB.

Why is the LKDSB looking for public input on future phases of Pupil Accommodation?

The LKDSB is looking for public input proposed plan for the Sarnia Elementary phase of pupil accommodation, which will solicit community input on the following:

1. We are considering plans to reduce the number of Sarnia elementary schools to maximize student supports and increase efficiencies.  Please share your thoughts.

2. We are considering consolidating French Immersion (FI) programming in Sarnia to create single track FI school(s). Please share your thoughts.

Please note that this is not the start of a pupil accommodation review for the area. An Initial Staff Report has not been presented to Trustees for approval.

The LKDSB is committed to engagement of all its stakeholders – students, parents/community and staff. We want our communities and key stakeholders to provide input and work with us to shape what our schools will look like now and into the future.

The LKDSB is currently facing two main challenges – declining enrolment and limited finances, both of which are linked. Our funding is pupil-based; therefore, when student enrolment moves up or down, the funding follows. As well, the maintenance of aging buildings presents its own unique challenges. As a result, the LKDSB is forced to make difficult decisions in order to remain fiscally responsible. The opportunity to consolidate and rebuild our facilities will allow the LKDSB to position itself for the next 50 years, as well as support program enhancements and improve access to facilities.

As outlined in the LKDSB Pupil Accommodation Report 2017/2018, the LKDSB is conducting an online community engagement/study for the potential phase for the City of Sarnia Elementary schools. To facilitate this online engagement, the LKDSB has contracted Thoughtexchange to assist with collecting feedback from various stakeholders. The Thoughtexchange occurred between March 26 to May 2018.

Which schools are considered part of the City of Sarnia Elementary Schools catchment area?

The City of Sarnia Thoughtexchange includes only the elementary schools within the city limits. following elementary schools are included in the City of Sarnia Thoughtexchange:

Bright's Grove Public School
Cathcart Boulevard Public School (dual track English and French Immersion)
Confederation Central School
Errol Road Public School (dual track English and French Immersion)
Hanna Memorial Public School
High Park Public School (dual track English and French Immersion)
King George VI Public School – Sarnia
Lakeroad Public School
Lansdowne Public School
London Road Public School
P.E. McGibbon Public School
Queen Elizabeth II Public School – Sarnia
Rosedale Public School

Click here to see a map of the City of Sarnia elementary schools. Please note, the blue icons indicate schools with dual track English and French Immersion programming and the green icons indicate schools with English programming only.

 

Please note that these schools are not part of a pupil accommodation review. An Initial Staff Report has not been presented to Trustees for approval.

Click here to read the School & Site Information Summaries.