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Chatham Daily News: Redundant School to be re-purposed
Elwood Shreve, forwarded by Marlee Robinson | June 11, 2018

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LKDSB decides to repurpose school for alternative programs

http://www.chathamdailynews.ca/2018/06/08/lkdsb-decides-to-repurpose-school-for-alternative-programs

By Ellwood Shreve, Chatham Daily News

Friday, June 8, 2018 9:35:28 EDT AM
Daphne Zondag, principal of John N. Given Public School, led the organizing of a Farewell Open House in early May to mark the closure of the Chatham elementary school at the end of the current school year. The school will continue to serve students now that the Lambton Kent District School Board has decided to house its alternative education and adult and continuing education programs at the site. Ellwood Shreve/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network
Daphne Zondag, principal of John N. Given Public School, led the organizing of a Farewell Open House in early May to mark the closure of the Chatham elementary school at the end of the current school year. The school will continue to serve students now that the Lambton Kent District School Board has decided to house its alternative education and adult and continuing education programs at the site. Ellwood Shreve/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network

John N. Given Public School will continue to serve students after the school officially closes to current JK to Grade 8 students at the end of the month.

The Lambton Kent District School Board announced Thursday that senior administration have decided to repurpose the school for alternative programs, which means it will not be declared surplus to the board's needs.
LKDSB trustees previously approved the consolidation of Given to the Kindergarten to Grade 8 English language program at nearby Tecumseh Public School for this September.

When closing a school, board's have the option to repurpose it or sell it.

“We repurpose properties or sell properties with a varying degree of success,” said superintendent of education Gary Girardi, adding, “it often depends on the specific location and the interest in the site.”

However, in this case, he said the board wasn't looking at the prospect of whether or not the site could be sold when making this decision.

Girardi said the board currently has special education programs at various locations throughout the area, along with LKDSB's Adult & Continuing Education program that occupies a leased property in Chatham.

“Consolidating into one site, especially a site that is currently part of the Lambton Kent District School Board, we think it's a good decision for repurposing that John N. Given Public School site,” he said.

Some of the special education programs that will move to Given are the Positive Alternative to Suspension from School program and Section 23, which offers educational programming to students who require an alternative to a traditional classroom setting.

Editors Notes: Keeping schools in use for the public good seems sensible, but isn't always the case.
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