Residents of Wasaga Beach, Ontario have voiced their opinion on whether Wasaga Beach should have it’s own high school. The overall consensus is a big fat YES! Currently if you have children of high school age they will need to be bused to either Collingwood or Stayner depending on what part of Wasaga Beach you reside.
Wasaga Beach population supports having a high school
The current population of Stayner, Ontario is 13,734, Collingwood, Ontario is 19,241 and Wasaga Beach,Ontario is 17,537. The numbers don’t lie but unfortunately the Simcoe County district school board doesn’t see it this way.
The school boards position is that over the next 20 years there will only be an increase of 89 students at high school age. Currently more than 700 students are bused out of town.
Mayor Brian Smith won’t give up on the fight
Wasaga Beach will be taking its case for a high school to the Ministry of Education. At council’s committee of the whole meeting on Jan. 26, Councillors are to be presented with correspondence from Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) chairperson Peter Beacock. The letter is a response to Mayor Brian Smith’s letter to Education Minister Mitzie Hunter.
The numbers support Wasaga Beach having it’s own high school. Altus Group determined more than 3,000 residents were under the age of 19, based on the 2011 census, or an increase of nearly 400 since 2001.In terms of housing, the numbers are also in Wasaga’s favour, with the type of homes being built between 2006 and 2015 being more suitable to families than than those being built in Collingwood, according to the report.
As of now Wasaga Beach will not be getting a high school but the fight will continue!