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LETTER: Hill Park is prime location, just need to renovate it

re: Land swap won’t crimp new high school’s funding, board chair says (Dec. 26)
The Hamilton-Wentworth Board of Education wants $31.8 million to build a new school on the south Mountain, one that will hold 1,200 students.
To get this new school, chair Jessica Brennan and company are adding a $1,040 tax to every new home, giving away 26 acres of prime real estate and paying a developer $1 million to accept a land transfer deal.
For all this, our public school trustees will get a school they have to share, located as far out of the central Mountain as students can possibly take a bus or walk.
Could someone please remind me again why the trustees closed Hill Park, the centrally located Mountain school with room for 1,200-plus students?
With Hill Park, students could enjoy a Mountain school with a recreation centre, prospective residents could forget the new house tax and the board would not have to pay off any builders in a land-swap deal.
With $31.8 million (or even a fraction of it), the school could be retrofitted with every imaginable renovation, including the technology plan of providing every student with their own tablet, as is being promised with the new south secondary school.
Hopefully our trustees know something we don’t which makes this plan sensible.
Otherwise, I think some fresh thinking is needed at the table.
Eric Ames
Stoney Creek

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