Two east end Hamilton high schools face extinction.
By Paul Vicari
Published March 04, 2011
As it stands, Delta at 1284 Main Street East and Parkview at 60 Balsam Avenue are slated to close in 2013. Students will be routed to Glendale, Orchard Park, Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Winston Churchill.
Delta High School (Image Credit: Wikipedia)
The view from above is clearly dollars and cents; it's the logical decision to close schools with fewer students.
The view from down here, on the other hand, is this plain sucks!
Is this their way of saying, We give up on East Hamilton?
Is it dying? Isn't the elimination of institutional uses like schools damaging to communities?
Can east Hamilton residents spare the 'dollars and cents' to send their children to school on the other side of the city?
Will the aggravation of commuting to school (rather than walking) lead to higher dropout rates?
Does the scarcity of schools limit future demographic changes and rejuvenation of east Hamilton neighbourhoods?
The battle has begun to save Delta and Parkview, but it might not be enough. If indeed enrolment is expected to drop in the coming years, maybe our only hope is to minimize the damage by closing one of schools and redistributing students to the other.
This may favour Delta, which, in addition to its architectural presence and distinction as Hamilton's oldest high school (1925), has more students than Parkview, so it makes sense to uproot fewer students.
This is unfair to Parkview, though, as it is a vocational school that teaches valuable trade skills to students.
The ARC is holding a public meeting on May 3 (location TBD). Once a location is announced, it will be posted in the RTH Events Calendar.
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