District council is getting behind plans for a new school at the former Muskoka Regional Centre property in Gravenhurst.
Maple Leaf Education Schools and Systems currently operate 46 Chinese-English schools in China and plan to open their first Canadian school on the 73 acre waterfront Lake Muskoka property which has sat unused since 1993, when the Muskoka Regional Centre closed. Maple Leaf says they plan to have some 750 students at the school initially, and hire 200 people during the construction phase, and another 200 to help operate the school.
Maple Leaf and the Town of Gravenhurst are currently in talks with Infrastructure Ontario, who own the property, but the initial offer to purchase the property was rejected.
The Town of Gravenhurst, along with many concerned citizens have been petitioning the province in an effort to push the negotiations along.
On Monday night, Gravenhurst Mayor Paisley Donaldson asked Muskoka District council to send a request to the province, letting them know that the District was fully behind the new school.
The motion was approved unanimously.