There aren’t too many Ontario communities of 30,000 that don’t have a public high school, says Ottawa-Carleton District School Board trustee Lynn Scott.
But Stittsville, the fast-growing suburb at the western edge of Ottawa, may finally lose that dubious distinction. Ottawa-Carleton District School Board trustees are set to approve a wish list for capital projects that moves the proposal for a high school in Stittsville to the No. 1 spot.
That’s no guarantee the province will provide the $36.1 million required to build it, however. Stittsville residents first began lobbying for a public high school more than 20 years ago.
“I definitely feel hopeful,” says Stittsville mom Tanya Hein, who has two children in public elementary school, another starting kindergarten next fall and a fourth on the way. “The population in Stittsville definitely warrants having a public high school here.” The community is expected to grow to 70,000 over the next decade or so, she notes.