The Hastings Prince Edward District School Board is hosting another public meeting Wednesday night on the Accommodation Review Process.
Board officials will give an overview of the process plus the public can ask questions and voice concerns on the changes proposed for 11 of the 16 schools in the Belleville area. Similar meetings have been held in Prince Edward County and Centre Hastings recently.
Across the board, recommendations include changes to 19 schools as the board looks for ways to solve significant renewal needs to the tune of $250 million over the next decade and low enrolment numbers.
In Belleville, the first and preferred option of two, includes the closures of both Quinte and Moira Secondary Schools. Pending Ministry of Education funding and approval, a new facility would be built in east-end Belleville to accommodate students from both schools. Also boundaries would be modified to allow for the transfer of some Quinte students to Centennial Secondary School.
Eight elementary schools are under review as well. Hillcrest School would close and balance students between Park Dale and Prince of Wales schools in September 2017. Also pending Ministry funding and approval, both Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria would close with a new facility constructed on the site of the former Sir Winston Churchill School in 2020. Boundaries would be changed to adjust enrolment pressures at Harry J. Clarke Public School.
Sir John A. Macdonald would be changed to a K-6 school for September 2017 with Grades 7 and 8 students moved to Susanna Moodie.
Under the second plan Quinte would be closed with renovations and an expansion taking place at Moira. Changes to elementary schools are the same as option one.
The meeting gets underway in the gymnasium at Quinte Secondary School at 45 College Street West in Belleville at 6:30 p.m.
For more on the process for each of the three municipalities click here.