(Niagara trustee Lynn) Campbell’s first motion, to come forward at the Oct. 27 board meeting, asks that the board rescind last year’s motion imposing the Oct. 31 deadline to hit the 350-student mark or close NDSS after this year.Trustee Campbell should be commended for fighting the good fight.
Campbell outlines several reasons for rescinding the motion, including anticipation of the approval of NDSS’s international baccalaureate program, the efforts of a conglomerate of municipal leaders to convince Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne to impose a moratorium on disputed school closings, and out of respect for the new crop of Grade 9 students who hope to graduate from the beleaguered high school.
Depending on the outcome of that motion, Campbell has other options for those interested in saving NDSS, which has an enrolment of about 250 students. Subsequent motions will ask the board to keep the school open for five years, with NDSS growing its student body to 500 students by Oct. 31, 2013, or else be shuttered.
Should that fail, Campbell will go on to ask that NDSS stay open four more years and then be re-evaluated.
Pending the outcome of that vote, her remaining motions ask that NDSS stay open for three more years, two more years or five more years, respectively, and then be re-evaluated.
Then her peers at the board should, as they have since they made the unique decision, stand by their earlier decision. Her reasons for reconsideration are... weak. Despite her best intentions, the Community Schools Alliance was firmly told it could stick its "smart" moratorium back on the idea shelf it came from after the group met with Minister of Education Kathleen Wynne on Aug. 17 in Ottawa. There's nothing to suggest an MPP letter-writing campaign (look, we can fill in form letters too!!) will merit any change of opinion on the requested moratorium.
Every one of her other motions simply postpones what looks to be an inevitability. IB programme, no IB programme, football team or not, the school is under the enrolment target set by trustees in 2008. An enrolment target the community (and its political leaders) all but said could be met without a problem as actual enrolment remained stubbornly stagnant.
Now the calendar shows some 17 days to the count date and creating those 100 pupils isn't a reality.
Campbell's throwing motions at the wall like half-cooked spaghetti noodles hoping one of the strands will stick. Problem is, the water's been boiling on a solution for over a year and she's only just remembered to put the noodles in the water yesterday.