nwsvq · 2021-11-16

School board announces public meetings and discussion guide

The Bluewater District School Board announced this week that they will host a public meeting as part of its outreach plan to work on the board’s communication and accountability.

The Board will meet at West Hill Secondary School in Owen Sound on May 20 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and again on June 1 at Walkerton District Secondary School in Walkerton at the same times.

According to a press release from the board, the meetings will focus on obtaining feedback on three themes – communication, responsiveness to complaints and public satisfaction.

The board also recently released a discussion guide, available on their website, at Bluewater school offices and at the public meetings. The seven-page document focuses on the three themes identified by the board with a survey for each and a space for general comments.

"The public should view the guide as a means of prompting discussion, not limiting it," said Chair Jennifer Yenssen. "To be responsive to the public, we need to hear from them. We need to know how well the board is doing and where and how to improve."

Suggestions and comments from the public will be used to prepare a preliminary report for the board proposing concrete changes and improvements, according to a May 8 news release.

The guide, and the board announcements are available at www.bwdsb.on.ca.