School board votes unanimously to reconsider move of kindergarten classes

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to reconsider its original decision to temporarily move the junior and senior kindergarten classes from Elgin Street Public School to Centennial Public School.

The board of trustees will further debate the issue on April 5. The upcoming meeting will allow trustees to either vote in favour of maintaining the original decision, alter it, or abolish it and present another alternative.

The vote to reconsider came after the board listened to 15 delegates, including students and parents from Elgin Street Public School, who believe the original decision was made in haste.

Legal opinion from a University of Ottawa professor – who asserted the decision to have a public school without kindergarten classes is illegal under the Ontario Education Act – was also considered.

Trustees originally recommended moving the kindergarten classes at a committee meeting on Feb. 22. A petition from parents prompted trustee Donna Blackburn to ask the board to reconsider its decision.

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