Right now, Lorne Avenue Public School faces the very real possibility of closing next year. Lorne Ave is critical to the long-term success of East London. Sustained, passionate grassroots efforts like Save Lorne Ave are a testament to the school’s importance in the community.

Years of residential sprawl are putting pressure on core schools like this all over the city, not just in East London. I believe all candidates in Ward 4 agree that we need to find sustainable ways to keep these schools open and to support our core neighbourhoods. This is a time for all stakeholders to come together to find a way forward.

The trustees of the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB), the Mayor and residents of the community deserve credit for their efforts to find a way to keep the school open. However, we’ve reached a point where one side is blaming the other for failing to reach an agreement, the details of which are still not widely known. I support the Mayor’s call to continue trying to negotiate an agreement that will keep the school open.

If negotiations are not extended, in the name of open and transparent governance, I strongly urge the TVDSB and the City of London to make public the offer that was presented on March 20th. Residents have worked hard to keep Lorne Ave open, and all Londoners deserve to know what the obstacles to negotiating an agreement are.

My hope is that there is still enough time to keep this important community hub open. For the long-term good of East London, and the broader city, we need to find a way to do so.

Please add your name below if you support extending negotiations and making the city's offer public if negotiations do not continue.

Contact

jesse@helmer.ca / 226-268-7536 (mobile)

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  • Maureen Cullen
    signed 2014-05-01 09:34:22 -0400
    extend negotiations.
  • @PaulSeale2 tweeted link to this page. 2014-05-01 09:29:35 -0400
    I'm calling for an extension of negotiations to @SaveLorneAvePS. Join me! http://www.helmer.ca/lorne_ave?recruiter_id=5931
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-05-01 09:29:35 -0400
    I'm calling for an extension of negotiations to @SaveLorneAvePS. Join me!
  • Paul Seale
    signed 2014-05-01 09:29:10 -0400
  • Ellen Husk
    signed 2014-05-01 09:18:40 -0400
  • Jennifer Diplock
    signed 2014-05-01 08:47:24 -0400
  • Suzanne Charette
    signed 2014-04-30 22:32:08 -0400
  • Matt Lancaster
    signed via 2014-04-30 21:09:48 -0400
    Keep it open!
  • Jill Deeley
    signed 2014-04-30 20:03:46 -0400
  • Nicole Maddock
    signed 2014-04-30 19:49:41 -0400
  • melinda mcmillan
    signed via 2014-04-30 19:20:33 -0400
    My daughter doesn’t go to Lornre Ave, but I wanted to enrol her September 2014.
  • @Arborized tweeted link to this page. 2014-04-30 19:18:15 -0400
    I'm calling for an extension of negotiations to @SaveLorneAvePS. Join me! http://www.helmer.ca/lorne_ave?recruiter_id=5616
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-04-30 19:18:15 -0400
    I'm calling for an extension of negotiations to @SaveLorneAvePS. Join me!
  • Laura Robinson
    signed via 2014-04-30 19:17:20 -0400
  • @qualitypunk tweeted link to this page. 2014-04-30 18:56:11 -0400
    I'm calling for an extension of negotiations to @SaveLorneAvePS. Join me! http://www.helmer.ca/lorne_ave?recruiter_id=2671
  • Ed Stephens
    signed via 2014-04-30 18:55:57 -0400
  • Brian
    signed via 2014-04-30 18:52:43 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-04-30 18:36:24 -0400
    I'm calling for an extension of negotiations to @SaveLorneAvePS. Join me!
  • Stacey Voorn
    signed 2014-04-30 18:35:49 -0400
  • Delilah Deane Cummings
    signed 2014-04-30 18:25:49 -0400
  • Carole Perraud
    signed 2014-04-30 18:13:27 -0400
  • Phylis  U'Ren
    signed 2014-04-30 17:49:36 -0400
  • Glenna Marr
    signed via 2014-04-30 17:44:59 -0400
  • Claude Bastin
    signed 2014-04-30 17:29:47 -0400
  • Tony James
    signed 2014-04-30 17:28:31 -0400
    Save Lorne Ave……. its the last core school we have left. Property values are also geared by ammenities such as having schools close. Let’s keep our community growing and vibrant.
  • Darlean Boyce
    signed 2014-04-30 17:27:39 -0400
    Too important for this community to close
  • Liane Fisher Bloxam
    signed via 2014-04-30 17:14:52 -0400
  • Susan Toth
    signed via 2014-04-30 17:13:38 -0400
  • Sarah Howard
    signed via 2014-04-30 17:10:13 -0400
    London can’t survive another hit to the core, and can’t keep sprawling out endlessly. The TVDSB should not have absolute influence on important city planning issues like core schools.
  • Harold  Hotham
    signed via 2014-04-30 17:06:03 -0400