A new day for Central

Congratulations to all those students, alumni, and supporters in the community on a tremendous effort over the past two years to fight for Barrie Central.   The decision by the School Board to keep the school open for five years to look for partnerships for a long-term future is great news for everyone in Barrie, as it means the other four highschools will not have be overcrowded handling Central students.   This institution is a critical part of our history and our downtown.  Also good news from the Trustees decision is that they will begin planning for a south-end highschool – Barrie’s 6th public highschool – which will be increasingly in demand as the city grows in coming years.

Here’s a link to coverage in the Examiner:  http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3150340

And here:  http://www.thebarrieexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3150341

And the Advance’s take on it, here:  http://www.simcoe.com/article/1018113–central-lives-for-now

About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.


One Response to “A new day for Central”
  1. Mariane Cancilla says:

    I note that there is the following public information meeting that very much concerns partnerships and Central.
    Thursday, June 9, 2011 – 7 p.m.
    SCDSB Education Centre – 1170 Highway 26, Midhurst
    The board is holding this public information meeting to discuss potential facility partnership opportunities with the community, to hear about what needs or plans community partners may have, and enable community partners to provide information regarding their plans, proposals and/or interests to partner with the Board.
    Read more at http://scdsb.on.ca/about-us/news-events/?C=210&i=10930

    One idea would be to make Central an “Arts” school similar to the Etobicoke School of the Arts. This type of school would draw from all areas of Barrie. See
    Etobicoke School of the Arts

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