There is a lot happening in our downtown neighbourhood and in the wider West Hamilton area. In case you haven’t heard, West Hamilton is undergoing an Accommodation Review by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. This process includes a review, with community input, of enrollment levels at our schools and the state-of-repair of our school facilities. Included in the review is Central Public School. Board member Paul Nichols and I have attended two public information sessions. We are so very lucky to have Paul Nichols on our board as he is a planner with the Toronto District School Board and has depths of knowledge about the process (and he doesn’t mind patiently explaining it to me).
Please be assured that there is no serious consideration of closing Central Public School. The initial report recommended closing Hess Street School (which is also not a good idea). The process itself is challenging. The province will offer money to build new schools, and although there is funding available for maintenance and repair of existing schools, the money is inadequate and additions to existing schools are normally not approved. One gentleman at the ARC meeting on March 8 mentioned his concern about giving up school properties and then having to buy land in the future when we have more residents in the downtown. This is a valid concern as there are plans in the works for further intensification in the lower city (West Harbour, Barton/Tiffany). You can find more information at this link:
Please feel free to share your feedback with the school board. The DNA will be writing a letter to support the retention of all nine schools as we believe all are important community centres/hubs.
DATES TO REMEMBER
LRT Meeting of Council – Tuesday, March 28. This is a special meeting of council to vote on the EAP. This should be a simple vote, however, we know that some councillors are getting nervous as we move closer to the construction phase. The agenda for the meeting is not yet available online. Updates to follow.
June 24, 2017 – Party in the Park! We will celebrate our 45th anniversary with music, displays, vendors, food trucks, face painting, balloon animals, horse and buggy rides. Fun, fun, fun! Hope to see you there.