Comment 86745

By Noted (anonymous) | Posted February 25, 2013 at 15:40:38

The head of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s finance advisory committee has resigned over a decision by trustees to spend nearly $19 million to upgrade two elementary schools in Westdale.

Flamborough trustee Karen Turkstra said the plan is unfair to other projects – including the planned renovation of Highland Secondary School in Dundas – and she especially objects to spending $10.3 million to fix up Dalewood when it has just 367 students and the cost of a new school would likely be half that amount.

She unsuccessfully pushed last week for the upgrades to Dalewood and G. R. Allan schools – part of an accommodation review (ARC) that will close Prince Philip school – to be referred back to staff for more study, a bid that lost on a 6-5 vote.

“It just doesn’t make any fiscal sense to me, and as a taxpayer I would be upset about this,” said Turkstra, who has an extensive background in financial management.

“We’ve gone through an extremely emotional ARC process and some decisions were made. I think once those decisions are costed, then you need a review of the decision,” she said.

“If I say I’m going to renovate my house and it comes in at twice as much as I can afford, then I’m not going to renovate my house.”

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