TOL reacts to West Niagara ARC
Town of Lincoln reacts to results of West Niagara Accommodation Review
Lincoln, ON – (March 29, 2017) – The West Niagara Accommodation Review was concluded at last night’s District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) Board meeting endorsing the construction of a new high school in West Niagara, opening in 2020.
While the location is yet to be determined, The Town of Lincoln would like to reassure residents that the municipality’s focus moving forward includes:
- Working with DSBN to ensure that the unique curriculum needs of our communities are maintained, specifically maintaining the agricultural and trade curriculum. This curriculum is preparing students for industry in Lincoln and thereby creating a labour-ready workforce.
- Ensuring that the appropriate transition plans are implemented by DSBN to foster a unified school community
- Preserving the heritage of Beamsville District Secondary School (BDSS) through a heritage designation endorsed by our Council
- Recognizing the importance BDSS’s location and its impact on the downtown core of Beamsville with the initiation of a secondary plan of the site
“As a municipality, our preference would be for our schools to remain open,” said Mayor Sandra Easton. “With that said, we are confident in the process that was undertaken through the Accommodation Review and now our focus is to ensure the new school serves our population and that our youth have access to the best education possible at the new site.”
“It is never easy to see a community hub like a school close,” said CAO Mike Kirkopoulos. “The Town will undertake a secondary plan of the existing school site recognizing its importance to our downtown core in Beamsville. Our goal is to preserve the buildings heritage, while at the same time making the necessary recommendations on the future of the site and what it means to our community.”
Further information on the West Niagara Accommodation Review can be found on DSBN’s website at www.dsbn.org.
Carrie Beatty, Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Lincoln
Office of the CAO
905.563.2799 ext. 230