Historic Ridgeway School Demolition
Ridgeway Public School, one of the oldest school buildings in Niagara, is being demolished to make room for a new school which will replace it next year.
Work began to demolish the school last week and will continue through the fall and into upcoming school year, so a set of four portables has been set up at Bertie Public School to accommodate students who would have otherwise been at Ridgeway Public in September. Originally, Ridgeway Public School wasn’t designated for demolition at all because a location for the new school was selected on Rebstock Road, but after an aggressive lobbying effort from residents of that neighborhood and several private meetings during the previous term of council, the original plan was scrapped and councilors chose instead to select the current Ridgeway Public site as the location for the new school. The new school will replace all three of the town’s west end schools, Ridgeway Public, Bertie Public and Crystal Beach Public schools. Ontarios Minister of Education, Liz Sandals, stopped by Ridgeway Public School herself back in February to announce the demolition and construction plans, and after touring the school, she said the building was well past its best before date.