Councillor Gary Zalepa Jr. says the new education minister, Leona Dombrowsky, former minister of agriculture and rural affairs, is no stranger to rural communities and the specific issues they face.Yeah. OK. Let me add another element to this-- the school boards in Dombrowsky's own riding (Catholic, public) haven't escaped accommodation reviews. They're doing them, and on the Catholic page you can see the now-minister with a school consolidation announcement for a new school. The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic board was an early adopter of Watson and Associates advice and reports.
While Kathleen Wynne, who was moved from the education portfolio, was familiar with the situation facing NOTL's only high school, Dombrowsky, elected MPP from a largely rural area, can be expected to understand NDSS challenges, he said.
Dombrowsky was also involved in a survey conducted by the province recently to gather information about municipalities developing partnerships with school boards.
"She's no stranger to education issues, and she has a good grasp of rural issues. That could be helpful to us," said Zalepa.
"That's just my take on the cabinet shuffle, but I'm viewing this as something that could be positive for us."
He believes the document builds a good case for a high school in NOTL, and hopes the outcome could be a new, right-sized school for 500 students.
Myself, I'd love to see that 10-point document Zalepa refers to the in the article. I don't know if the Niagara Advance would take a rational look at it, but I'm sure the St. Catharines Standard would.