Whitney Public School Closing?

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Post #26 by JohnW » Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:40 pm

You really shouldn't be sitting and serving customers.

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Post #27 by DenBen » Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:11 pm

Where is this, I'm very curious... [think

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Post #28 by JohnW » Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:14 pm

I can't say.

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Post #29 by toaster » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:18 pm

[quote="PeteL"]i dunno, living in timmins sucked in my eyes, living out in south end feels more i don't know the way to make the feeling into a word lol[/quote]

I don't understand why most of the streets in SoPo only have asphalt covering about half of the road (in the middle), and hardly any sidewalks. I'd rather pay higher taxes and have a comfortable quality of life.

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Post #30 by FrancoFun » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:06 am

[quote="toaster"]I don't understand why most of the streets in SoPo only have asphalt covering about half of the road (in the middle), and hardly any sidewalks. I'd rather pay higher taxes and have a comfortable quality of life.[/quote]




My taxes are high enough as it is.

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Post #31 by Loco101 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:51 am

[quote="toaster"]I don't understand why most of the streets in SoPo only have asphalt covering about half of the road (in the middle), and hardly any sidewalks. I'd rather pay higher taxes and have a comfortable quality of life.[/quote]

I'd pay more in taxes as well if we actually got something nice out of it.



I believe the reason why many of the streets in SoPo are only half-paved is because many of them were actually unpaved until the 1970s and 80s. The former Township of Tisdale and then the city were very cheap. The sidewalks were asphalt not concrete and didn't last long. Many of the streets were fairly wide and only a narrow strip was paved down them to cut down on costs.



There are no curbs or gutters except on Main and Crawford which were redone in the 1990s. Parts of some of the avenues were redone and paved right to the sidewalks of which new ones are concrete.



Some older SoPo residents tell me that during amalgamation the city promised it would pave all streets in that part of town.

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Post #32 by Carrie » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:12 pm

A thread about Whitney School quickly turned into roads that are partially paved!

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Post #33 by Loco101 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:55 pm

Okay, I'll get back to the original topic.



It will be interesting to see if any parents of the students take any action.

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Post #34 by FrancoFun » Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:25 pm

[quote="Loco101"]It will be interesting to see if any parents of the students take any action.[/quote]


If they protest in the streets, they better watch out for unpaved sections.

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Post #35 by toaster » Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:08 pm

[quote="FrancoFun"]If they protest in the streets, they better watch out for unpaved sections.[/quote]

They could protest in the subdivision behind the Porcupine mall, and not have to worry about it at all.

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Post #36 by JohnW » Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:27 pm

We could blockade the mines until they give us money..........

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Post #37 by Captain Steubings » Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:55 pm

[quote="Carrie"]A thread about Whitney School quickly turned into roads that are partially paved![/quote]

we could always talk about buses

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Post #38 by Loco101 » Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:40 am

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Post #39 by Captain Steubings » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:43 pm

[b]Board may close East End school[/b]



TIMMINS - A decline in student enrolment coupled with a rise in French immersion has the English public board looking at shuffling students at four schools in the city’s East End.



One of those schools – either Bertha Shaw or Frank P. Krznaric Whitney Public – will likely be closed by the fall of 2014 as a result.



The other two schools involved in the mix are Golden Avenue Public and Roland Michener Secondary School.



Golden Avenue would take in the expanding number of French immersion students from Bertha Shaw.



Roland Michener Secondary School, in turn, would provide segregated areas for the Grade 7 and 8 students arriving from both Golden and Whitney.



Then either Bertha Shaw or Whitney – whichever one remains open – would house the non-immersion students up to Grade 6. Bertha Shaw has a slightly smaller capacity at 210 students compared to Whitney’s capacity of 237.



Doug Shearer, chairman of District School Board Ontario North East, said they want to hear from parents and community members before making a formal decision about these proposed changes.



“What we’re doing is having a general public meeting on June 19 to go over the situation with people from the communities there in the east side of Timmins, and to lay out where we’re at, what our problems are and what we see as potential solutions.”



That meeting is scheduled to be held at RMSS, in the school gym beginning at 6:30 p.m.



“We need to know if the community is very much against it,” said Shearer. “Would parents at Bertha Shaw really rather see portables than see the school move to a different location? Is there a big concern of putting 7s and 8s in RMSS, which is something we’ve done elsewhere?”



Shearer cited Kirkland Lake District Composite School which has students from Grade 7 and up, but maintains a segregated area for the middle-grade students.



“We also know from our own discussions around the table that there’s been a fair investment made at Bertha Shaw by the community in terms of outdoor equipment. That’s something to consider, while at Whitney, I believe they have a small shop class and we know we are moving into the direction of exposing our students to more shop opportunities because of our needs in the trades.



“So, we want to hear from parents and make the best judgement we can in terms of what are the best options.”



Shearer said there are a number of factors spurring the board to consider closing a school and moving students around.



“One is enrolment at Roland Michener Secondary School is down quite a bit. The ministry has made it very clear in the last two years and a lot clearer this year that they want boards to address underutilized schools. They don’t want to keep carrying empty space. There has been some mention that regulation may be forthcoming to reinforce that need to close schools, particularly in urban areas. What we’re trying to do is create a solution so we don’t lose RMSS.



“The reality is right now, you could probably fit RMSS into Timmins High. We don’t want to do that. We want to try to have the two schools. So that is one of the drivers.



“The second one is there is quite a growth in the French immersion program, and we are running out of space at Bertha Shaw. And rather than bring in portables, we want to consider other options so we have a healthy French immersion school in the east side of Timmins.”



Shearer said the challenges being faced by DSBONE to keep schools open in the face of declining enrolment are not unique to this region.



“Most boards in Ontario are seeing drops in enrolment and have been for some time,” said Shearer. “Since the year 2000, enrolment across Ontario has dropped by more than 250,000 students, and that has led to the closure of over 600 schools since the turn of the century. It’s not just an Ontario problem. Across Canada, across the U.S., there has been quite a large number of schools closed. It’s an ongoing issue that there are just not enough students there.”



If DSBONE ends up closing either Bertha Shaw or Whitney Public, Shearer said the property would be put up for sale.



The saleable potential of one asset versus another would not be a consideration, he said.



“No it wouldn’t. The consideration is what is best for the students, what’s going to be the best process for the students.



“No matter what we do, there are going to be members of the community who are not happy. We understand that. But what we’re trying to do is to find what the community sees as the best solution ... That’s where the community consultation process will happen.”



[url=http://www.timminspress.com/2013/06/05/board-may-close-east-end-school]Board may close East End school | Local | News | Timmins Press[/url]

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Post #40 by JohnW » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:56 pm

[quote]Most boards in Ontario are seeing drops in enrolment[/quote]Where are all the kids going? Are we running out? Are they dropping out and going to work after grade 6? [shrug

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Post #41 by Loco101 » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:24 pm

People are having fewer children these days.

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Post #42 by toaster » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:17 am

[quote="JohnW"]Where are all the kids going? Are we running out? Are they dropping out and going to work after grade 6? [shrug [/quote]

This is not true of Toronto, Durham, York, Peel, and Ottawa district school boards, who have schools with double the amount of students they were intended for, in the growing suburbs.

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Post #43 by Budgetman » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:43 am

[quote="JohnW"]Where are all the kids going? Are we running out? Are they dropping out and going to work after grade 6? [shrug [/quote]



maybe the mines are hiring them
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Post #44 by JohnW » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:00 am

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Post #45 by DenBen » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:30 am

We get see that every time Pete posts, that's enough [fist

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Post #46 by JohnW » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:59 am

Sorry.

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Post #47 by DenBen » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:09 am

Actually, I should redirect that [fist to him for using it as an avatar.



Time to change mine, I'll do that later.... [think

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Post #48 by JohnW » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:22 am

Mine has my grandson with Houdini.

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Post #49 by DenBen » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:23 am

Was the grandson there when when your escape pic was taken? Maybe that's why he was trying to escape.

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Post #50 by DenBen » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:24 am

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