Clos­ing Bate­man ‘just doesn’t add up’

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Coun­cil­lor de­fends role in school re­view (May 9)

Ms. Meed Ward has not set con­cerns at ease in the com­mu­nity sur­round­ing the po­ten­tial clos­ing of Bate­man High School in East Burling­ton.

She men­tions in her article that she was “se­lected” by the par­ent coun­cil of Burling­ton Cen­tral High School where her son at­tends. As a city coun­cil­lor, clearly this should have been viewed as a con­flict of in­ter­est and she should have de­clined the of­fer/se­lec­tion. On the topic of Burling­ton High School clo­sures: The res­i­dents of East Burling­ton who rep­re­sent Bate­man feel strongly that par­tial­ity has been the fac­tor, not the facts, in de­ter­min­ing which schools should re­main open and which should close.

Sta­tis­ti­cally the num­ber of chil­dren liv­ing in the area sur­round­ing Bate­man High has been in­creas­ing at a steady rate (one pub­lic feeder school has in­creased its ju­nior grade num­bers com­pa­ra­ble to those in the mid 1970s).

Special pro­grams of­fered to youth and adults cover a much wider area of learn­ing than any other Burling­ton high school, rang­ing from the In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate pro­gram in aca­demics to gar­den­ing and land­scap­ing of the prop­erty by special needs stu­dents,

The school was retro­fit­ted some years ago to ac­com­mo­date special needs stu­dents of ev­ery level at a very high dol­lar cost. Some­thing no other Burling­ton High School of­fers. Also, the school is ad­joined to Cen­ten­nial Swim­ming Pool. It just doesn’t add up!

As an aside, the im­pact on lo­cal restau­rants/busi­nesses will be sig­nif­i­cant. Mar­garet Mladen, Burling­ton

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