Category: Public High School

Stittsville Public High School

Stittsville Public High School Expected to Open in 2021

Where current students are bussed

The Hon. Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, announced that the Stittsville Public High School is expected to open in 2021.

Stittsville is projected to have over 50,000 residents by 2021 (steadily growing to over 70 thousand residents a decade later), and finally, we’ll be getting our first public high school!  Though the school board has 2 sites set aside for a high school, one in by our community and one on Robert Grant Avenue between Abbott Street East and Fernbank Road based on city approvals, but it will likely be on Robert Grant. Construction is expected to start this in the Fall of 2019 and completed in 2021.

The high school is expected to accommodate about 1,353 students from Grades 7 to 12.   Parents have been lobbying for this since the turn of the century; as their children have either been taking a long bus ride to the nearest public high school or over-crowding Sacred Heart Catholic High School.

Though the High School project hit the top of the Ottawa-Carleton Public School Board’s wish list in May 2016, funding for the project wasn’t announced until 2018, and finally confirmed yesterday.  Goldie Ghamari posted this yesterday for immediate release:

PRESS RELEASE: Status of Stittsville’s Public High School

For more information, contact MPP Goldie Ghamari at 613-416-9639 or goldie.ghamari@pc.ola.org.
The Ottawa- Carleton District School Board would be in the best position to provide updates throughout the project’s development and construction at 613-721-1820 or communications@ocdsb.ca

https://www.ocdsb.ca/contact_us

 

Renewed push for Stittsville public high school

The folks behind the Stittsville Public High School Now campaign published the following statement and video after the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board put a Stittsville high school at the top of their funding list for this year. This is an issue of major concern for residents of Fairwinds so we thought we’d share it here.

The press release follows the video below:

IT’S TIME FOR A PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN STITTSVILLE – AND WE’VE NEVER BEEN CLOSER!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

Friday, May 20, 2016

Finally, it’s happened! The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has placed the building of a new public high school in Stittsville at the top of their priority funding list – however this does not mean the Ministry of Education will allocate the funds for this essential capital project. This is where we need the media and the public’s help.

The official approval of this capital funding priority list will occur next Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm in the Boardroom at the OCDSB offices (133 Greenbank Rd. Nepean, K2H 6L3). While the need for a new public high school is well-understood locally, the Ministry of Education in Toronto needs to see community support for this issue beyond a business case. We are asking residents with children in the Stittsville community, especially those in elementary grades, to come out and sit in on the meeting to show their support. We want to emphasize that simply being present and visible in front of cameras and media at this meeting is all that is required, and will put pressure on the Ministry of Education through media coverage. Only one representative per household is needed, children are welcome and we are asking participants to wear red as a show of solidarity for this campaign.

Background Information:

The campaign to have a public high school built in Stittsville has been ongoing for almost 20 years. We are a fast-growing community, and the need to have a public school built in our community is essential. Currently students who wish to stay in the public education stream have no choice but to attend 60-year-old South Carleton High School in Richmond. Children are bused up to 20 km away, many are at the bus stop before 7 am, and most with a 45-minute to one hour bus ride each way. Due to the school’s rural location, only limited transportation is available during exams and for extra-curricular activities, meaning parents in Stittsville are largely responsible for transportation outside regular hours (a 40 minute round trip).

Additional resource:

Why a New Public High School for Stittsville is Needed Now
http://www.slideshare.net/envisionup/why-a-new-public-high-school-for-stiittsville-is-needed-now

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Media/Inquiries please contact:
Jennifer Smith
Stittsville Public High School Now – Campaign Lead
jlsmith@intergage.ca
Cell: 613-299-9211
Website: www.stittsvillepublichighschoolnow.com

Volunteers wanted to bring Public High School to Stittsville

The group of residents working to bring a public high school to Stittsville is looking for others to help make this dream a reality. Currently, they are looking for volunteers in the following areas:

  • Those with the skills and interest to help with the website, email marketing and social media platforms
  • Communications and outreach
  • General support to develop strategy and organizing/participating in meetings with Board Trustees, Ministry of Education, MPPs and other relevant stakeholders

Last year a public high school for Stittsville was identified as #2 on the Ottawa Carlton District School Board’s Capital Funding Priority list. With continued and sustained effort there is a high likelihood that a public high school for Stittsville could move to the top of the priority list this year.

Your input, creativity and energy can help make a real difference in our community. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to info@stittsvillepublichighschoolnow.com.