Was the Upper Canada District School Board being facetious when it named its closure plan Building for the Future?
The board’s senior staff (its superintendents) are choosing to close Seaway District High School and shuffle its students off to other struggling high schools more than 30 kilometers away.
It is no longer important to ask why. What is important now is to find a way to convince the school board trustees that Seaway is the wrong choice and to argue that it’s more important to save Seaway than some other struggling high school.
Although we hate the idea of shifting this fate to some other school, there really isn’t another option, and the powers that be, know it.
While the trustees have been sitting at our school council meetings, looking us all in the eye and telling us that this is not a done deal, the evidence suggests otherwise.
They are all too happy to tell you that saving a school is possible, as it has been done in the past.
What they are not telling you is that board officials, who were part of that past experience, learned from it.
While we were happily getting our kids back into the school routine, they have been focused on the task at hand, which is paring down their budget to meet government constraints.