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Giving The Future Of Education Some Thought

The Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) has a better idea of what residents are thinking with another school year starting in just a few weeks.

A recent “ThoughtExchange” asked for opinions on possible further reduction of the number of Sarnia elementary schools, and consolidation of French Immersion into a single-track school.

LKDSB Superintendent Gary Girardi says they wanted to extend the discussion to parents, staff, students and other community members.

“We think it’s a good way for us to gather more information, even prior to the start of a school consolidation,” says Girardi. “We’re not starting a school consolidation at this time, but if we ever were, we would have at least had an initial opportunity to gather input.”

The report highlights 866 thoughts contributed by 627 participants.

Girardi says responders brought up class size, extra-curricular activities, increasing efficiencies, and consolidating support services and resources.

This is the first ThoughtExchange in Sarnia-Lambton and second conducted by LKDSB. The first process was organized in the south-Kent area last year.

More information about the ThoughtExchange process can be found here.