The Niagara District School Board meeting last night resulted in an outcome that was not what everyone hoped for as trustees voted to amalgamate three high schools.
Trustees say the moves are necessary because of declining enrolment and aging schools that need millions of dollars in repairs. As a result of the vote to amalgamate, the board will close three high schools in Grimsby, Beamsville and West Lincoln and replace them with one centralized school.
The move comes after the recommendations of an accommodation review and it caused upset for many students and parents in attendance last night.
“Decisions of this nature are never easy,” said Dale Robinson, DSBN Chair in a news release. “Trustees felt this was the right direction to ensure students receive the best possible program in a first-rate facility. A school with a larger student population will be able to offer students more course options, more athletic opportunities, and more extra-curricular clubs for students to pursue their interests.”
South Lincoln will be the first to close at the end of this school year, students will go to either Grimsby Secondary or E.L. Crossley. Grimsby and Beamsville high schools will be closed after the 2019/2020 school year, with the new secondary school scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.
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