October 5, 2010
DUNLOP ACCEPTS PETITIONS IN THE FIGHT TO SAVE PENETANGUISHENE SECONDARY
(MIDLAND) – Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop was recently presented with a petition pressing to keep Penetanguishene Secondary School (PSS) open.
Dorothy Dorion who led the collection of 1000 signatures, along with Mayor Dubeau made the presentation.
Penetanguishene Secondary School has a total enrolment of over 600 students and credits strong community ties for the development of career awareness and the financial support given to its graduates with over $40,000 annually in its Scholarship Foundation.
“Penetanguishene Secondary has undergone major renovations in the millions of dollars, so why would the board even consider closing it?” asked Dunlop. “The public school board worries about declining enrolment but all of the anxiety and uncertainty will only drive families to other nearby schools like St. Theresa’s High School in Midland where they are in need of an expansion or more portables,” he added. “Where is the sense in that?”
Dunlop maintains that if the Ministry of Education has money for all day kindergarten then it should have money for Penetanguishene Secondary School students.
“The board should be fighting with the Ministry not the community of Penetanguishene,” said Dunlop.
For more information contact:
Garfield Dunlop, MPP