Milton School Boundary Review Coming Up

Many thanks to Milton School Board Trustee Donna Danielli for sending me this information today.

As I go out knocking on doors speaking with Milton residents, one of the top concerns I hear is schools.  When will we be getting more?  When is the next one being built?  When it is built will my children be transferred.

We found out in October of last year (see my post) there will be a new school constructed near Fourth Line and Derry Road for occupation (HOPEFULLY) for September 2013.  With that announcement a lot of people were curious as to what will happen with their children.  There is no doubt about the need for more schools in Milton as many councillors including myself attended an AMO Conference this year to meet with education officials at the provincial government about it.

One of the main concerns of those in our ward who were once attending Hawthorne Village PS and transferred to Tiger Jeet Singh PS is … will they have to move again?  Many parents would NOT like to move again for a number of reasons, and as a parent I have to agree.

So Donna has let us know there will be a school boundary review coming up on January 17th, which as a parent I will be attending.

Here are the details.  Many thanks Donna!

The Halton District School Board invites parents and members of the community to attend a public consultation meeting regarding school boundaries in southeast Milton.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Bruce Trail Public School (1199 Costigan Road, Milton), beginning at 7 p.m.

As a result of the opening of the new Milton #7 public school (625 Sauve Street) in September 2013, the Board is conducting a boundary review that will impact Bruce Trail PS, E.W. Foster PS, Hawthorne Village PS, Sam Sherratt PS, Tiger Jeet Singh PS and W.I. Dick PS. The purpose of this meeting is to provide information about the boundary review process, review boundary scenarios and give members of the public an opportunity to provide feedback.

The scenarios being presented at the meeting will be shared on the Board website at www.hdsb.ca, under the heading “Program and Accommodation”.

Halton Police RIDE Program Kicks off December 4th

From the news release

Halton Regional Police Service to Launch Holiday R.I.D.E. Campaign December 4th

The Halton Regional Police Service will commence this year’s holiday R.I.D.E. campaign on December 4th at Thomas A. Blakelock High School in Oakville.

The Service has once again partnered with local students, businesses and community organizations for the sixth year to offer “RIDE 101”, a program designed to educate drivers, particularly young and future drivers of the importance and responsibility while driving and the consequences associated to mixing alcohol or drugs and operating a motor vehicle.

High schools from across the Region will be participating in the program, including:

Milton District High School – 396 Williams Avenue, Milton – December 5th

Burlington Central High School – 1433 Baldwin Street, Burlington – December 13th

Acton District High School – 21 Cedar Road, Acton – December 14th

The official launch will take place at Thomas A. Blakelock High School, 1160 Rebecca Street, Oakville, where Halton Police RIDE 101 officers will team up with students from Thomas A. Blakelock to distribute RIDE 101 educational information, provide students an opportunity to test roadside screening devices and put all students through a series of simulated ‘road side’ sobriety tests during a fun, yet educational format.

The night component will entail members of the student council assisting designated officers in speaking with drivers of stopped vehicles during a R.I.D.E. spot check and distributing ‘Think of Me’ cards and information pamphlets on the consequences of impaired driving. The ‘Think of Me’ cards are hand-drawn and coloured by grade four, five and six students and reflect on that child’s perception of drinking and driving.

The daytime component will be held within the school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the spot checks will be conducted from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. out front of the school.

The Halton Regional Police are grateful for the community partners who are supportive of this worthy endeavour, including: the Halton Catholic District School Board, the Halton District School Board, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (M.A.D.D.), McDonald’s restaurants and Tim Horton’s.

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Here is an article from Inside Halton outlining more details to the program.

Work Begins at Intersection of LSL & Ferguson

I just wanted to post a quick update regarding the intersection of Louis St Laurent and Ferguson Drive.

As many of you remember, there has been a lot of concern about the safety of students in this area directly across from Craig Keilburger Secondary School and the lack of traffic control, especially during school hours.  Town Staff has confirmed with me that work has already started getting underground wiring installed for so that when the traffic lights are ordered/received, they can begin installation.  There is no timeframe as of yet to when it will be completed but its in progress. 

If you see workers at this intersection and wonder whats going on, its the preliminary setup for the traffic lights.

I’ll keep you posted on when the full lights/crosswalk will be installed when I get it.  As always, its imperative that you continue to communicate with the students of CKSS that they should cross the street with caution, not walk out into traffic and be safe in and around the school.  Its also important to remind drivers that they should exercise caution when driving in this area and obey the posted speed limits.

Thanks to everyone for their patience.  I’ll see you at the doors.

New Elementary School Breaks Ground in Ward 6

Board officially breaks ground on new Milton elementary school

Officials and future students celebrate official groundbreaking of new Milton school

From the HDSB site

Oct. 23, 2012
Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of officials and future students who gathered this afternoon to officially break ground on a new elementary school in Milton. It is currently referred to as Milton #7, located at 625 Suave St., near the intersection of Fourth Line and Derry Road.

This new school will help address the growth in student enrollment occurring in south Milton. Construction of the school will begin this month, with the official opening anticipated for September 2013.  The school will be built for approximately 700 students.

The Halton District School Board has awarded the architectural tender to Allen & Sherriff Architects, Richmond Hill, and the construction contract to Everstrong Construction Ltd., Orangeville.

Council To Lobby For Schools In Milton at AMO Conference

Milton politicians to fight for education dollars at AMO conference

Mayor Gord Krantz and eight councillors will be lobbying provincial ministers to invest in Milton’s education at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference next month in Ottawa.

On the heels of a unanimously-passed motion last month that calls on the provincial government to support its Places to Grow legislation with a formula that will send education dollars to high-growth communities, the councillors are looking to get their message across to those who can help make it happen at the conference, held from August 19 to 22.

…  Krantz, who has attended the annual event numerous times over the course of his 32 years as the mayor of Milton, said the conference is the perfect opportunity to talk about the issues, discuss solutions and get feedback from other levels of government and municipalities.

He said not only is it a learning experience to hear how others have dealt with similar challenges, but it’s also an opportunity to network and speak face-to-face with some of the province’s key officials about their concerns.

Milton’s high schools are currently at 140 per cent capacity, and the situation is expected to only worsen given that almost 25 per cent of Milton’s population is less than 14 years old.  We’re not only the fastest growing community in Ontario, but in all of Canada, said Krantz.

He said it’s challenging keeping up with the demand for infrastructure and the demand for new schools.  “It’s disruptive to families,” he said, talking about how a child can be moved to a different school two or three times in one year.

Cluett, who attended last year’s conference in London, said the councillors had great success when they collectively went to fight for the Milton District Hospital expansion last year. A month after the conference, the hospital was approved by the provincial government for a 320,000-sq.-ft. expansion. It’s scheduled for completion by 2015 or earlier.

“I’m a strong advocate for meeting with ministers en masse and talking to them (about our issues),” he said. “They got the point about the hospital expansion and gave it the green light.”  He said he’s hopeful they’ll be able to do the same for building more schools.

“With our rapidly increasing population, kids are oozing out of the walls of the schools,” said Cluett, adding that it’s not only an infrastructure issue, but a quality of life one, too.

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