Catholic school board closes three elementary schools

Catholic school board closes three elementary schools

[The spring(?)time of Vatican II AGAIN comes to Windsor, Ontario, Canada]

Published on: April 5, 2016

[Applauding their decision?] The Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board trustees have voted to close St. Bernard in Amherstburg and St. John Catholic Elementary School in Windsor.

For the second time since 2014, declining enrolment has led the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board to close multiple schools affecting students in Leamington, Amherstburg and west Windsor.

At a special meeting Tuesday, the board’s trustees voted to close west Windsor’s St. John, Amherstburg’s St. Bernard and Leamington’s Queen of Peace elementary schools.

“In allocating resources, it’s imperative we take our fiduciary responsibilities seriously,” director of education Paul Picard said of the decisions.

“We have to use scare resources to enhance the student experience rather than accommodate empty student spaces. Over time it becomes unsustainable.

“We have to downsize.”

Currently the board has 3,300 surplus student spaces and is facing a forecasted deficit in next year’s budget of nearly $8 million. The plans put forward by administration would cut about a 1,000 of those spaces.

The board estimates the reduction of those spaces and the resulting savings in maintenance, operating expenses and full classroom sizes could total up to about $7 million.

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