Monday, June 8, 2009

NDSS coverage, cont'd, again

The Standard posted this story Monday about a reunion of former Niagara High School students gathering to reminisce, drawing the connection to the current fate of Niagara District Secondary School. NDSS has an enrolment target to meet if it is to remain open past 2010.
At her old school, students spent their whole day in one classroom. In all, there were only about 50 or 60 students in the school, which today is part of the museum.
(Eleanor) Warner could never adjust and ended up leaving school during her Grade 11 year at Stamford.
"It's just not us," said Warner, a Niagara-on-the-Lake resident.
"We were just too small a town and too small a class to push into a big school. Every class we went into we were told that we were lucky we were there and that we really weren't wanted. There was too many pupils. That didn't do much good, either."
Well folks, times have changed. NDSS was built for a population much larger than it houses today. The review process and ensuing continued coverage showed there are approximately 700 high school-aged students in NOTL. Free busing is provided to students who choose board schools outside the village. People are voting with their feet and NDSS is on the losing end.