Group questions need for portables at four year old St. Catharines school

A concerned group of neighbours will be at St. Catharines council tonight asking why a school that opened four years ago already needs portables.

Co-chair of the Fitzgerald Neighbours group Caleb Ratzlaff says Harriet Tubman Public School is looking at putting in two portables as the school's enrolment grows.

"We do want to see them put in for September, but it is concerning when you have a fairly new school and they need portables so soon."

The school needs permission from the city to install the portables because the District Sschool Board of Niagara and the city have a partnership to share the land, Catherine Street Park.

"We'd love to have a conversation with folks at the school board who make these decisions and the city to see how we might be able to envision the park in the future that benefits both the kids and the residents," Ratzlaff adds.

Harriet Tubman Public School was built after the school board closed several smaller schools including Maywood, Memorial, Alexandra, and Queen Mary.