Parents may be waiting even longer to find out if Elgin Avenue or West Lynn Public Schools will be closing their doors for good. On Friday, we reported that the Grand Erie District School Board is recommending that, due to the cost of renovations at Elgin Avenue being over budget by $6-million, that the most likely answer is to go back with one of the original ideas of closing Elgin Avenue and expanding West Lynn. In a report going before trustees tonight (Monday) it is cited that there was realistically two options.
1. Go with the previously mentioned West Lynn approach or 2. Give back Government funding and reapply and hope they get money to build a new school.
At least one current school board trustees is leaning towards the second option. John Harris has posted publicly that he plans on asking for the decision to be deferred until February. He feels time needs to be set for the new government to find their footing and hope they’ll take a different approach to fund schools that the previous Liberal government.
His personal belief is that the fix for Simcoe is to knock down Elgin and build a new school. He added that even if the board made a decision tonight, they have no idea what direction the government is going to take. The board meets tonight in Brantford.