‘I trust the board will make the right de­ci­sion’

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON News Staff

On Tues­day af­ter­noon, On­tario’s Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion was given a whirl­wind tour of Glen­garry Dis­trict High School, where she ob­served dozens of white lab coat-wear­ing stu­dents con­duct­ing ex­per­i­ments in light re­frac­tion, sat in on a Grade 9 math les­son, and even sam­pled some home­made meatball soup in the school’s hos­pi­tal­ity class­room.

Early in the tour Prin­ci­pal Pa­tri­cia Brown led the min­is­ter, Mitzie Hunter, to one of the school’s bul­letin boards, which was filled with pho­to­graphs of stu­dents who took part in co-op classes last year.

“That stu­dent says he wants to be Prime Min­is­ter one day,” she said, point­ing to a photograph at the top of the board. For the next few min­utes, she talked about how proud she is that GDHS of­fers a High Skills Ma­jor pro­gram in trans­porta­tion. Later, in that light re­frac­tion sci­ence lab, Ms. Hunter con­grat­u­lated the stu­dents for their curiosity and their hard work. She as­sured them that the ed­u­ca­tion they are get­ting in On­tario is rec­og­nized around the world.

Ms. Hunter, who is also the MPP for the Toronto rid­ing of Scar­bor­ough-Guild­wood, was in the area vis­it­ing schools. She also vis­ited Char-Lan Dis­trict High School, in Wil­liamstown, Longue Sault Pub­lic School and Corn­wall Col­le­giate Vo­ca­tional School, all of which be­ing con­sid­ered for clo­sure by the Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board.

De­spite this, there was very lit­tle talk about the school clo­sures. That’s partly be­cause the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has no say in the UCDSB’s fi­nal de­ci­sion, al­though Ms. Hunter con­ceded that the board is deal­ing with a “unique sit­u­a­tion.”

“The board is do­ing its best to look after the needs of the com­mu­nity,” she said. “We

want to en­sure that our stu­dents have the best pro­grams avail­able. I trust the school board will make the right de­ci­sion.” She said that the Min­istry is not look­ing at forc­ing school boards to amal­ga­mate, though she does en­cour­age them to co­op­er­ate in or­der to make serv- ices more ef­fi­cient.

After her visit to GDHS, the min­is­ter went to Char- Lan where, ac­cord­ing to Prin­ci­pal Cather­ine Cooper, she had a great visit and re­ally en­gaged with the stu­dents.

“Her over­all im­pres­sion of the school was good,” she said. “We toured the re­sources room, tech classes and the constructi­on shop and she saw the learn­ing com­mons, a Grade 9 math class and a Grade 8 mu­sic class.”

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