St. John CES Boundary Review – Public Meeting Notice

Waterloo Region, ON – On October 30, 2019 a WCDSB staff report recommending a school boundary review involving St. John CESHoly Rosary CESOur Lady of Lourdes CES and St. Nicholas CES – with the purpose of reducing enrolment pressure at St. John – was approved by the Board of Trustees.

The Boundary Review Process currently ongoing is designed to ensure that the public has opportunity to comment on the proposed boundary solution, the impact on affected students has been considered, and that decisions are based on an efficient and equitable use of system resources. The process is overseen by a Boundary Review Committee. Composition and responsibilities of the committee are described the Board’s Pupil Accommodation Review Process. The process includes two public meetings – the second of which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Holy Rosary CES (details below).

Information about the review is available online at:

Comments may be submitted via email to:

Public Consultation — St. John Boundary Review

Schools involved: St. John, Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Nicholas

Open House: 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School; 485 Thorndale Drive, Waterloo

Purpose: To receive feedback on the preferred option – Option 7 – and implementation recommendations, prior to finalizing the option for recommendation to the Board of Trustees. Options that have been recommended to be discarded will also be displayed. Drop in any time between 3pm and 8pm to view the preferred option and implementation recommendations, speak with school board staff and provide feedback to the Boundary Review Committee.

Preferred Option – Option 7

 Proposes to move students, effective September, 2020:

  • Areas B and E from St. John to Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Areas F and G from St. John to Holy Rosary
  • Areas X and Y from Our Lady of Lourdes to St. Nicholas
  • Area M from Holy Rosary to St. Nicholas (students living in this area who were previously moved from St. Agatha would be “grandparented” to Holy Rosary)
  • All students currently attending these schools on out-of-boundary permission would return to their designated home school.

Grade 7 students currently living within an affected school’s boundary will be permitted to stay at their current school. These students will be provided with transportation if they qualify based on the Board’s transportation guidelines.

Grade 7 students currently attending an affected school but living outside of the school’s boundaries will be permitted to stay at their current school. These students will not be provided with transportation.








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