Parents in Southwest Kitchener are feeling concerned after plans for a new high school were taken out of the public school board’s list of funding priorities.
The new high school, which was proposed to be set in the Southwest Kitchener area, would have cost the provincial government $32-million.
The public school board will instead be requesting funding to upgrade existing high schools in Waterloo and New Hamburg.
Matt Gerard, the Coordinating Superintendent of the Waterloo Region District School Board, tells Kitchener Today with Brian Bourke on 570 NEWS, Southwest Kitchener needs a new high school to deal with the growing population of students in the area.
“Southwest Kitchener is where we see a lot of growth happen. Along the 401 corridor we can appreciate that there’s a lot of development and a lot of parents moving out of the GTA into our region not only to take advantage of what our region has to offer, but because housing prices may be more favourable down here.”
He explains why the ministry may have rejected the public school board’s application three times, even though the number of students in the area has been growing.
“In previous years, we’ve seen an increase in our utilization of secondary schools, especially Huron Heights. Ultimately, we haven’t met that threshold where the ministry is able to approve our business case to support funding for that school.”
He says they won't be opening a new school before 2023 or 2024.
“So we are hoping that the timeline extends a little bit further beyond that point in time. We’ve received some feedback from parents and parents are more than willing to voice their concerns, to try and identify some solutions to support their students.”