Comment 6741

By Locke (registered) | Posted May 24, 2007 at 14:39:11

This is a viscous circle and an issue of demographics, aggravated by urban sprawl and made worse by a poorly designed provincial Funding Formula. Smaller families result in fewer pupils for established schools, while urban sprawl places population growth far away from existing facilities. The funding formula makes worsens this situation as it more favourably funds newer schools (with smaller square footage). Older schools are a drain on the board which closes those it can so it can build better funded schools in the suburbs which in turn encourages more sprawl. Proper planning, infill and alternative housing (ie, purpose built retirement or student housing) can help break the cycle.

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