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May 13th, 2008 - Bill Morrison Sr. presentation to the DSBN

May 13, 2008

Bill Morrison Sr. began by suggesting that the Niagara-on-the-Lake community is "so fired up" about the education issue in the Town for a number of reasons:
  • the continual physical decline of the Niagara District Secondary School building;
  • the continued and systematic removal of course selections from the school;
  • continued support by DSBN of a policy that allows Niagara-on-the-Lake students to have a choice of four home schools;
  • a DSBN bussing policy that allows for courtesy bussing not available for others around the region (Mr. Morrison questioned the actual cost)
  • * the psychological impact of continued talk of closure
  • * the high rate of education taxes in Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • * residents have questioned the Accommodation Review process which appears to have resulted in a business and financial decision;
  • * a presentation to the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake Council by Project Niagara which depicted a parking area for 1000 cars which appears to be located on the Niagara District Secondary School site.

    Mr. Morrison continued by saying that community groups are offering the Board an opportunity to move forward and build a strong partnership by supporting the innovative proposal of a concept campus located on the Niagara District Secondary School site. The location is centralized and easily accessible. The proposal provides an opportunity for greening and technology, creating educational synergies, partnering and sharing resources with various community groups, and right sizing student transportation. Mr. Morrison concluded by saying that a schematic diagram and financial plan is being developed that can be used in other areas of the region and be a model for other areas of the province. Mr. Morrison suggested that Trustees and staff must work with this vision that will be presented, and grow the vision.

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