school board's loss is Catholic board's gain
By Fred Sherwin
gotta love those goofy Ottawa-Carleton District School
Board trustees. Earlier this month they decided to bump
a new school in Avalon from the top of their capital funding
priority list to number eight.
bad enough that a second school in the rapidly expanding
community is desperately needed. But what the trustees
failed to realize in their haste to throw local public
school board supporters under the bus was that the Ottawa
Catholic School Board has another new school in Avalon
at the top of their list.
they wonder why they continue to lose market share to
the Catholic board.
years the province has been waiting for the public board
to move a new school in Avalon to the top of their list.
It finally happened this year after the seven projects
in front of it all received funding. Then in one moment
of mental incapacitation and without a single Avalon parent
in the audience they bumped it back down to number eight.
It was enough to make Orleans-Cumberland trustee John
Shea sick to his stomach.
he was thinking about not running again in the next election,
he's probably made up his mind now. Pity because he's
been one of the few bight lights in that gang of dullards.
Actually I shouldn't say that. There were six other trustees
who voted against the motion to move Avalon down to eight.
Unfortunately they were outnumbered.. by one.
present the 10,000 plus residents of Avalon only have
one catholic and one public elementary school. Both are
grossly overcrowded/ Avalon Public School is operating
at 150 per cent capacity with eight portable classrooms.
It's supposed to start offering full-day kindergarten
next fall, but there's no room to do so.
of the brainiacs who voted against building a new school
on Avalon suggested students be bused from the community
to underutilized schools in Fallingbrook. Those parents
will probably choose to send their kids to a new Catholic
school in their community instead.
only hope for local public school board supporters is
that the province will see past the myopic, parochial
decision by the board and fund a new school in Avalon
in spite of the stupidity of a few trustees. That's unlikely
to happen, however, since, to my knowledge, the province
has never gone against the wishes of a school board.
congratulations Catholic school board supporters, the
public board's loss will soon be your gain.
7:30 a.m., Nov. 9)
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