Comment 92716

By Simon (registered) - website | Posted September 27, 2013 at 17:37:59

As of right now big box schools are exactly the HWDSB's plan for the future.

Right now we are going into the central mountain elementary school review where the board is looking to close as many as three out of eight elementary schools.

Guess which schools are safest? The ones whose catchment areas include the sprawl south of the link. Walkable schools in established neighbourhoods don't stand a chance - so when they close, instead of walking to their local community school, elementary school kids get sent on buses to the boards sparkly new big box schools built on farm fields.

That seems bass ackwards to everyone except the trustees.

But trying to save our community schools certainly does foster an inspiring level of grass roots civic engagement. Literally in some cases: volunteers at our school (Queensdale) just spent the entire weekend fixing up the front garden.

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