KANATA- Stittsville families continue to push the Ontario government for a new secondary school. Finally ranked as the number one capital funding priority by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Stittsville parents have been asking for a public high school for over 20 years.
Stittsville has experienced significant population growth and remains one of the fastest growing cities in Ontario. Since 2006, the population has nearly doubled from 18,950 to approximately 30,000, and it is projected to continue to grow to 75,000 by 2025. Currently, over 600 Stittsville high school students spend 1.5 hours each day traveling to and from South Carleton High School, which is 15 kilometres away in Richmond.
“The need for a high school in Stittsville has dramatically increased”, said Jack MacLaren, the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Carleton-Mississippi Mills, which represents Stittsville. “I have been listening to my constituents’ building frustration as Stittsville continues to grow. It is clear there is a problem which needs a solution- and that is building a new public high school in Stittsville. I have already written to the Minister of Education, asking her to follow the recommendation of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, and to consider approving the $36.1 million requested through the Capital Priorities program for 2016-2017.”
In response to this letter from MPP MacLaren, the Minister of Education, the Hon. Liz Sandals, replied that funding announcements are expected to be made in the fall of 2016.
You may read MPP MacLaren’s letter to the Minister of Education, below: