Dear Trustees, Owen Sound City Council; BWDSB; Larry Miller, MP; Bill Walker, MPP
The decision being made Tuesday April 19th, will change the face of education in the Owen Sound area for at least the next 20 years. The board has recognized the minimum times necessary for an ARC review, but the final proposal has only been on the table since March 1st. That is less than two months to co-ordinate with municipalities and communicate with partners.
The final plan is to have one high school at West Hill over-capacity with a plan to build a new high school, site yet to be determined. The second part of that plan is to make OSCVI an elementary school and renovate it as such.
There are many points of the plan that I don’t believe have been discussed in full with the community or with municipal partners as per board policies.
As published in the Owen Sound Sun Times, April 14, 2016
I must admit to being new to this whole process of ARC reviews, like most parents. The original proposal that came out was for West Hill and OSCVI to become grade 7 to 12 schools. I have one daughter going into grade 7 and one going into grade 9 and the proposal sounded good to me, so I didn’t get involved because, like most parents, I was busy. We did our school tours and I was excited that my daughter chose OSCVI which has so much to offer her in this jewel of a school!
Then the party took a turn, the decision was made to propose one high school, West Hill, and remodel OSCVI for a super-elementary school. This still seemed an unlikely proposal, and like most parents, December is a crazy busy month so I didn’t have time to read further. In the New Year it became clearer that the BWDSB would only be recommending one option, not two. They would no longer recommend the 7-12 option which would keep both high schools open.