Barrie Central

Tomorrow night the Simcoe District School Board will vote on the Barrie highschool ARC, bringing to an end years of uncertainty about the future of Barrie Central Collegiate.  There is an opportunity for the Board, the City, and the rest of the community to rebuild or renovate that school while at the same dramatically improving the west end of Downtown.  We need to be able to look at all options for that site, but ultimately the most important thing is that highschool students in Barrie, whether at Central or the other four public schools, have the best educational facilities that can be provided to them. 

I have been very impressed with the way the Trustees have researched this issue, followed the ARC, and asked good and tough questions.  I wish them luck in their deliberations tomorrow.

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.

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