VIDEO: Wilson raises need for Wasaga high school

(November 24, 2015) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson, during Question Period today, asked the Ontario government what is required to get a high school in Wasaga Beach.

Wilson directed his question to Education Minister Liz Sandals.

"Mr. Speaker, as the minister knows, for a number of years people in Wasaga Beach have wondered when they will get a high school. We think we have enough local students to justify the building of a high school. So Mr. Speaker, I ask the minister to tell this House: Who is it that makes that decision and has the Simcoe County District School Board ever asked the minister to build a high school in Wasaga Beach?"

Sandals responded: "I can confirm that the Simcoe County District School Board did not submit a request for a new high school in Wasaga Beach during our capital priorities program. In fact, I can confirm that none of the four boards that serve Wasaga Beach...submitted a request for a school in Wasaga Beach. Obviously, although we did get 220 requests for $2.7-billion, I don't fund projects if I don't get a request."

Wilson continued by saying: "Mr. Speaker, I keep getting told one reason the school board is reluctant to ask for a high school is that it might jeopardize the viability of Stayner Collegiate and Collingwood Collegiate. So Mr. Speaker, can the minister tell us if that is true, will Stayner and Collingwood be affected? And what does the minister say to those of us who truly believe we have a good case for a high school in Wasaga Beach?"

Sandals replied: "Obviously, given that the case wasn't submitted, I can't comment on its impact on other schools, but what I can share with the member is that one of the 56 projects that was successful was Simcoe County's request for a school in Elmvale."



For more information call:
Michael Gennings
Office of Jim Wilson, MPP for Simcoe-Grey

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