School vi­o­lence in­creas­ing - gar­butt

North Bay Nugget - - NEWS - Nugget Staff

claim­ing schools are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing vi­o­lence of “in­creased sever­ity and fre­quency,” Near North district School board trustee can­di­date heather gar­butt pro­poses work­ing more closely with the North bay Po­lice Ser­vice on in­ci­dent-re­duc­tion strate­gies.

“con­cerned par­ents have de­scribed in­stances of knives be­ing pulled in el­e­men­tary schools and death threats,” she says.

“Many of these vi­o­lent acts would re­sult in crim­i­nal charges when they are older.”

gar­butt says drug abuse re­sis­tance ed­u­ca­tion (dare) pro­grams should be re­con­sid­ered “given that the opi­oid cri­sis is reach­ing our schools.”

to ad­dress the board’s con­cerns over fi­nances and fu­ture fund­ing from the prov­ince, gar­butt pro­poses ex­plor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to part­ner with other groups and the city of North bay to best uti­lize re­sources and in­fras­truc­ture.

If elected, gar­butt says she would like to en­sure the board’s spa­ces are be­ing used to their po­ten­tial.

For ex­am­ple, she says, the board is con­cerned about ex­cess space while stu­dents at al­liance Pub­lic School learn in porta­bles.

“clubs such as Lego ro­bot­ics should have a home in the schools,” gar­butt says. “at this point, most of the el­e­men­tary clubs have been pushed out of the schools and op­er­ate as a com­mu­nity-based team.”

claim­ing she has ob­served a “fairly ac­ri­mo­nious dy­namic” be­tween school board chair­man david thomp­son and city of­fi­cials, gar­butt says she has been dis­cussing fu­ture syn­er­gies with North bay coun­cil and may­oral can­di­dates.

road in­fras­truc­ture and traf­fic ca­pac­ity in and around schools is an­other area in which the board and city should work to­gether, says gar­butt, adding vot­ers have com­plained about traf­fic con­ges­tion around high and chippewa streets, in par­tic­u­lar.

“In one case, queued school buses meant that an am­bu­lance could not get to a house,” she says.

gar­butt also would like to ex­plore in­fras­truc­ture shar­ing ar­range­ments with canadore col­lege and Nipiss­ing uni­ver­sity.


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