Save Barrie Central Collegiate
PETITION TO KEEP BARRIE CENTRAL COLLEGIATE OPEN
Petition Started: October 14, 2014
To the Honourable Liz Sandals, Ontario Minster of Education
And to Kathi Wallce, Director of Education for the Simcoe County District School Board.
WE THE STUDENTS,
PARENTS AND CITY OF BARRIE COMMUNITY DEMAND THAT THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION IMMEDIATELY FORCE THE SIMCOE DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD (SCDSB) TO RESCIND ITS DECISION TO CLOSE
BARRIE CENTRAL COLLEGIATE AS OF JUNE 30, 2016. OUR REASONS FOR DEMANDING THIS
ARE AS FOLLOWS:
#1-Under the Ontario Places to Grow ActS.O. 2005, CHAPTER 13Barrie Central Collegiate is within the downtown core of Barrie, a location deemed an Urban Growth Centre under the Act. As further evidenced by The City of Barrie under motion # 11-G-019 February 7, 2011 Section 2 and City of Barrie Staff Report IDC003-11. By choosing to close Barrie Central , the SCDSB is ACTING CONTRARY to this Act.
#2-TheSCDSB is acting contrary to the City of Barrie By-Law # 2013-183 Section 4 a) that requires a Secondary School remain on the site described in the By-Law, namely lands known as Barrie Central Collegiate.
#3-The Simcoe County District School Board has relied
heavily on the opening of the new South Barrie Secondary School in September
2016 as part of the reason for closing Barrie Central. This opening will NOT take place due to
several OMB hearings, rezoning, planning act decisions and building permit and
other causes to delay the opening. A
more feasible opening will be September 2018-2020 as evidenced in City of
Barrie Staff Report IDC003-11 Section 33. This will force the current population of
Central into the already significantly overcrowded remaining 4 Secondary
Schools in Barrie with a requirement of no less than an additional 26 portables
to be added to these schools. . As
evidenced in City of Barrie Staff Report IDC003-11 Section 34. This will without a doubt put undue stress on
students and teachers in the learning environment.
#4 We also Request that the Minister of Education initiate an administrative review of the Accommodation Review Commitee (ARC) process. We feel that the ARC is not yet completed based on no less then two points
a) The term "viable financial partnership" as laid out in #SB-2011-05-31-106 was met.
b)That the Board upon finding this partnership did not submit a capital priorities business case as laid out in #SB-2011-05-31-107
c)That the board failed to fulfill the obligation for quarterly updates as set out in #SB-2011-05-31-110.