MPP Ted McMeekin and Premier Kathleen Wynne should be thoroughly condemned for the closure of Parkside High School, the only secondary school located in downtown Dundas.
Parkside is situated in the midst of one of Hamilton’s most beautiful and well-used parks — the Dundas Driving Park. It has an excellent reputation as a school.
It has a ready-made circular running track for students, a tennis court, a soccer field, two softball diamonds and abuts the lovely Niagara Escarpment.
It has an ideal environment for students just to sit and hang out. It is close to the main street where students can go for lunch breaks to a variety of eateries.
Students in Dundas can easily walk to and from school with no need for bussing.
In addition, Parkside is a tremendous economic asset to local businesses and a much-needed presence in our community.
And of course, there is no empirical research evidence whatsoever stating that larger schools are superior.
But the government wants to close Parkside and bus students to an expansive, derelict location along a busy highway outside of the Dundas core. McMeekin and Wynne should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for doing this to our kids.
Instead of the people re-electing Mr. McMeekin, they should have boldly marched on his office for passively allowing this major blunder to occur.