Motion Regarding Rideau High School


Please note that the OCDSB School Trustees met last evening to debate further on the Eastern Accommodation Study. The following motions by Trustee Swartz, Gloucester Trustee Zone 12 passed. The vote 7 to 5. The final results go to the OCDSB Board meeting on March 7. We know that “Transition Planning” has been in place for some time by OCDSB staff.

Please know that all efforts to support keeping Rideau High School open are valuable. There is still time to sway the OCDSB school Trustees, who make the final vote. Write to all School Trustees to make your voices known.

Special thanks to the following Trustees who voted in favour of keeping Rideau HS Open: Trustees Erica Braunovan, Shawn Menard, Chris Ellis, Christine Boothby, Anita Olsen Harper.


In summary, I believe that the OCDSB Senior Administration consultation on this closure does not follow Provincial Guidelines and OCDSB Policy that stipulate a Community Hub Model. I feel that voting to close Rideau High School is wrong and our sense of building this community will be lost with our youth and resources. We already know that the RRCRC was turned down for occupancy. Our efforts to rethink empty buildings such as Albert Street/former Ottawa Tech and Confederation, next to Nepean Sportsplex continue to remain open at our neighbourhood expense. Is this fair? We know that the Native Friendship Centre is interested in moving into Rideau. Why is the OCDSB shutting the doors on any creative thinking? This issue of community is far more than just OCDSB. Our public tax dollars support the OCDSB.

Several notable additions:

  1. Geordie Walker former Principal of Rideau HS, has been awarded a National Principal Award
  2. Pino Buffone, Superintendent of Schools for Rideau HS. will become Director of Education in Refrew Board.

Again, thanks for “Supporting our Community….Save Rideau High School”.

Best regards,
Sheila Perry