The Hamiltonian: In what seemed to be a surprise to some, a joint task force that was to assess the possibility of a downtown location for the board of education’s new headquarters, was sun setted early, thereby eliminating any possibility of a downtown location . Do you believe that the board’s decision to sun set this committee early was warranted and notwithstanding, do you believe that the board had enough information to properly assess the downtown option prior to sun setting the committee and going with the Crestwood option?
Clr. Farr: Obviously, the objective from our side (City) was to encourage the HWDSB to stay downtown. Sun setting early, on-time, or late, would not have been viewed by myself as a positive (or warranted) result to this very important initiative.
I believe the HWDSB had a tremendous amount of information. Certainly there was enough good work done by our top staff, the HRCC and a well regarded downtown architect to warrant taking this thing the distance rather than laying down before the bell.
In terms of how I felt coming out the presentation to Trustees on Monday; it was more slam-dunk then fade-away jumper from the arc. You cannot imagine my disappointment the next morning.