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Community support for Selwyn's letter to KPR
March 10, 2017
BY TERRY GILLIS
During the February 28 Selwyn Council meeting, former school board trustee Joyce MacKenzie seized the opportunity during Question Period to bring up the subject of the demolition of the Lakefield Intermediate School and to ask Council to make a formal request to the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board for a one year extension so that alternatives to the destruction of the building could be thoroughly examined.
Council passed a resolution to send a letter to KPR requesting a one year extension for accepting expressions of interest from the community and that a copy be sent to MPP Leal’s office as well.
On Tuesday night, spearheaded by the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and local Lakefield resident and former trustee Joyce MacKenzie a group of approximately thirty community members gathered at the Lakefield Baptist Church to learn more about the situation with the intermediate wing and to add their support to Selwyn Township’s February 28 Resolution.
In-coming Kawartha Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Windover and School Council Chair Julie Chatten requested that attendees add their signatures to a letter the Chamber prepared and to provide questions and concerns to a list of questions which will be forwarded, with the letter of support for Selwyn’s letter requesting a one year extension, to KPR.
The majority of questions and concerns expressed during the one hour meeting were focused mainly around the lack of foreknowledge regarding the demolition of the intermediate school and insufficient time to find a suitable tenant and the mental and physical well being of the students during renovations (which are being carried out while school is still in session).
One member of the audience commented, after discussions surrounding lack of community involvement, funding models and the demolition of a relatively new school, that the whole thing was very emotional.