School closures are never easy, but closing Gordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School would wipe out a huge talent pool from Mississauga.
So says school alumnus Shan Alavi, who attended the first of two public meetings on Thursday night regarding the Peel District School Board’s (PDSB) proposal to shutter Gordon Graydon by June 2019.
Citing the number of students from his graduating year (2003) that are now software developers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, architects and PhD recipients, Alavi asked, “if you’re trying push Canada towards greatness in innovation, why would you close one of its most successful schools?”
PDSB chair Janet McDougald detailed the need for the school board to consider more efficient use of resources, given declining enrolment numbers. Graydon’s current enrolment is 696 students, yet its capacity is 1,125.