Comment 74467

By Borrelli (registered) | Posted February 16, 2012 at 09:01:40

Agreed, Sean. The HWDSB should consider adaptive re-use of parts of these old buildings, even if it's more expensive than closing the existing schools in favour of a single site.

Good facilities are a point of pride, for sure, so finding ways to re-use chunks of existing infrastructure and retrofitting it to tomorrow's standards should be a priority.

But schools are the hearts of communities, and neighbourhoods built around schools shouldn't become education deserts just because one new super-school is more cost effective. The value of a school in a community is harder to quantify, but its there, and shouldn't be so lightly discounted due to declining enrollments in some pretty large schools.

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