The Municipality of Whitestone has carried a motion calling for a review of the Near North District School Board’s incoming Mega school.
Whitestone is the latest to throw its weight behind the resolution originally brought forward by the Town of Parry Sound. The motion calls for the reconsideration of the building plans and budget for the proposed junior kindergarten to grade 12 school, to ensure that the school will adequately accommodate current and projected population growth as illustrated by Statistics Canada’s latest census data.
During the Municipality’s council meeting on January 10th, Councillor Janice Bray says the West Parry Sound area’s population, where the school would be, has gone up in recent years.
“They need to be looking at it again to make sure that it’s going to meet the needs and not just the needs today but the needs of the future. If we’re going to have our economies growing, hopefully, that means that we will have our populations growing somewhat. Certainly what we do need is to be able to have schools that are able to accommodate families and children in the area,” she says.
Bray says it’s important the school board revisits the plans because she personally does not think the incoming school meets the community’s needs in its current design. The motion was moved by Councillor Scott Nash and seconded by Bray.
The motion also stated that copies of this resolution of support be sent to the Premier, the local MPP, the province’s Ministers of Education and Municipal Affairs/Housing, as well as the Heads of Council of the West Parry Sound Municipalities and the Near North District School Board Chair.