Comment 93075

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted October 09, 2013 at 16:43:49 in reply to Comment 93073

The "falling enrolment" thing sounds right, but it actually isn't. Prince Philip, for example, was close to capacity and growing. The real target of the ARC was not underutilized schools, but small schools. That's what this was really about - the board wants to embrace the economies of scale and hopes that they can run a single 2000-student school more efficiently than four 500-student schools (similar attempts in other municipalities has revealed that they probably can't).

This is musical chairs with the provincial budget - the Ministry handles the construction/demolition of schools and the busing, while the Board handles operating costs and salaries. The obvious thing for the boards to do is minimize operating costs and salaries while ignoring externalities like buses and construction/demolition. But it's all provincial tax-dollars in the end.

The OLP's mishandling of this mess will be a deciding factor at the ballot box for me.

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