School violence increasing - garbutt
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.