Comment 83657

By Gary Santucci (anonymous) | Posted December 09, 2012 at 14:02:12

Sent today via email c.c. Media

Trustees of the HWDSB

To accomplish the mandate of the publicly funded school system, that is under increasing financial pressures, you as trustees have a fiduciary duty to the taxpayers of the City of Hamilton that I believe has not been fulfilled in the matter of the proposed demolition of Sanford Avenue School. It is time to end decisions which are made in isolation to the broader community and it's economic health It is this community that shoulders an ever increasing tax burden to fund the activities of government which seem to be more about the interests of government rather than the interests of the people you serve. There are many ways to serve the interests and well being of our children without sacrificing the interests of the broader community. That is to say, every option should be investigated fully to use publicly funded and developed assets to further grow the tax base that funds the activities of the school board. This process must be fair, open and transparent to all in the community especially in the matter of Sanford Avenue School and its location. This part of the City continues to pay the price of short sighted public policies and government planning that can only be described as a failure to its citizens. As a taxpayer and resident of the area in question I request that you immediately halt the process of demolition and reopen the discussion of options for the adaptive reuse of Sanford Avenue School. It is also interesting to note that Councillor Morelli's position on adaptive re-use seems to be at odds with his fellow Councillors Merulla and Collins who respectively have advocated for the adaptive re-use of Delta Collegiate and Bishop Ryan High School. During the last meeting held at Cathy Wever School Chair Tim Simmons stated that the process was being managed by a "machine too big to stop". It is my sincere hope that you as trustees do not share this point of view.


Gary Santucci

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