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westhillaerialHonourable Trustees and Board Members,

Ryerson, Victoria and Strathcona! These are three schools that contained heritage and memories that are no longer running as schools due to closures for the better good of the community and to utilize the schools better in their time.

As a student of both Ryerson and Strathcona schools  (and an alumni of O.S.C.V.I) I can assure you that this impact at the time seemed drastic but life moved on and for me my memories remain strong regardless of whether the schools are closed or not. The students that were moved to further parts of the town at that time moved on

and the voices against accepted and made their new school their home.

oldOSCA Last Chance Reprieve for OSCVI; An Open Letter to the Bluewater Board of Education Trustees and the Mayor and Councilors of Owen Sound.

Please don't kill OSCVI. I use the word kill because OSCVI is a living thing that is at the heart of the city of Owen Sound and Grey/Bruce counties. To close this school is to destroy 160 years of Owen Sound culture and history. This is not a move to be taken lightly.

Provincial governments, city governments, an education board of directors and trustees come and go but schools with a history should remain. They anchor a community. They say we are here and we matter.

Bluewater LogoBWDSB Trustees and Staff,
My name is Graham Taylor. I am a grade 10 student at OSCVI. Even though the trustees decision is coming up, and lots of proposals have been submitted so far, I would like to respectfully submit one more before the board. The proposal is a compromise of what the two main ideas of existing proposals have been so far, which is two grade 7/12 schools and one community high school, with elementary closures happening in 2016/217.

My Proposal:
Make two grade 7/12 schools at OSCVI and WHSS locations for 2016/2017 school year.
In three to five years time, submit a business case...

schoolclockA message to BWDSB trustees, staff, media, city councillors, our MP and MPP:

We are people who live in this wonderful place called Owen Sound Ontario. It is a privilege to live here and like the ancient Anishnabe and present day First Nations people, we continue to choose to be caretakers of this land and our spirits. We are not all the same, and we must honour that, just as we honour our past and our future with vision and concern.

Difficult decisions require courage - we honour and support your courage. Difficult decisions require heart -

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