Work to Resume on Much Anticipated Twenty Valley Public School 

  

The District School Board of Niagara is welcoming a decision by the Ontario Superior Court to allow work on Twenty Valley Public School to resume immediately. On Monday, July 20, Justice Lococo dismissed Brett House’s application for the extension of an injunction preventing work on the 1895 portion of the former Vineland Public School building.  

In dismissing the application, Justice Lococo stated that if the injunction order was granted, it would have been highly likely that students in the Town of Lincoln would have had nowhere to go come the first day of school.  

Chair of the DSBN Board of Trustees Sue Barnett said the Board is pleased with the ruling. “Students, their families and the community have been anticipating this new school ever since the conclusion of the ARC in 2013. Our number one focus is to ensure they can begin learning inside the new Twenty Valley Public School on the first day of school on September 8,” said Barnett. 

On July 7, the courts issued an interim injunction, without notice to the school board or Town of Lincoln preventing further work on the 1895 portion of the former Vineland building. However, with the favourable decision granted, work can resume to support the goal of having Twenty Valley ready for students on the first day of school.  

Cheryl Keddy-Scott, Trustee for Grimsby/Lincoln said the Board has worked with the community to create a respectful and appropriate recognition of the school’s history. “We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback for the design of the new school’s foyer, which includes a beautiful homage to the 1895 front façade of the Vineland schoolhouse,” said Keddy-Scott. 

In his ruling, Justice Lococo stated that he took comfort that “the construction provided for preservation of the façade of the 1895 school house and its incorporation into the new school. In my view there was an appropriate balance of interest on the part of the school board, considering the heritage aspects of the town and the educational needs of students.”