Large Crowd Of Students & Parents Gathered At KPR Office Last Night

A crowd of approximately 80 people gathered in advance of last night's regular meeting of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board trustees. Nerves would seem to remain raw from the recent decision to close PCVS. Students and parents greeted arriving trustees with signs and a message of concern. The largest group were clearly from the Save PCVS camp, while a few folks were present showing support for TASSS. During the meeting, passionate presenters from the community continued to speak out on this hot topic.


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Mayor Bennett Asks City Council To Review KPR Decision To Close PCVS

In a media release that went out this afternoon after KPR's decision to approve the closure of PCVS, Mayor Daryl Bennett say he will seek City Council's approval to consider three actions:

• First, a review by City staff of the land use regulations affecting the PCVS site with a view to limiting its use to educational and community-based uses, and a review of its role in the implementation of the Central Area Master Plan.

• Second, an exploration of the merits of City support of an appeal to the Ontario Minister of Education of the Board decision by the Peterborough Collegiate Foundation, including the adequacy of the decision-making process.


• Third, consultation with MPP Jeff Leal to determine the provincial interest in the closure and its potential impact on the liveability of the downtown.

"The community has expressed substantial concern over the Board decision and the role of the City in protecting City-wide interests," says Bennett. "I would have recommended these actions had any of the four schools been proposed for closure."

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Here's Videos Of PCVS Student Reaction Immediately After KPR Decision Last Night

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And reaction today from students at PCVS...

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Here Is Just One Of The Letters Sent To KPR Board Members Asking Them Not To Close PCVS

There are many, many letters being sent to KPR officials pleading with them to not close PCVS. Here is one of them from local downtown business owners:

To the Board of Trustees of the Kawartha Pine Ridge school board,

I own a business in downtown Peterborough, if PCVS closes the businesses of downtown Peterborough will suffer greatly.
As you know, teenagers have tremendous influence on household purchases.  The fact that they are downtown influences their families to come downtown and shop.  The students bring a great lively atmosphere to the downtown, it will be devasting to the businesses of the downtown if this is lost.

On another note, I have 2 children attending Queen Mary public school.  I chose to live in the area that I do because of the walkabilty of elementary school and high school.  I expected my children to attend PCVS.  Personally I am a huge supporter of the public school board but  I will not send my children on a bus to school.  If PCVS is closed I will send my children to St. Petes (where they can walk).  The public school board will lose many children to the catholic school board if the decision is to close PCVS.  There are numerous like minded families in my neighborhood.  We will not send our children to Adam Scott or Kenner which are the recommended schools for our district.

 The larger picture must be considered.  PCVS is a fantastic school with an exceptional record of sucesses.  Do not close it.  I am certain the downtown as a whole will suffer tremendously if it is closed, my business included.  The DBIA has sent you a letter and every business owner I have spoken with is against PCVS closing, knowing that their business may not survive this closure.  It is tough enough to operate a business downtown.  We as business owners strongly believe that if PCVS is closed, our doors may have to close too.


Please consider these points when making your decision tonight.
Sincerely,
Amanda and Shane Palmer

Green Eyewear Optical
374 George St.

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