Comment 78705

By DanJelly (registered) | Posted June 20, 2012 at 01:03:57 in reply to Comment 78679

The School board insists that the Ministry will not provide full funding to under-capacity schools. That's a problem. Why is the only solution to close schools BEFORE redrawing catchments? We have under-capacity schools next to over-capacity schools.

Sir John A's catchment ends at Queen Street, so students living on Locke street North (for example) have to walk 20-30 minutes to get to Westdale when they could be walking 5 minutes to Sir John A. Redrawing the catchment to include the area between Queen St. and the 403 would mitigate the problem.

Churchill is over capacity, but if you look at its catchment it could be redrawn so more students are diverted to the under-capacity Delta without adding a significant travel burden to the students.

Neither of these changes would be as disruptive to students compared to closing their local school and forcing hundreds to commute across the city. Would it not make more sense to even out the populations until we can come up with a better long-term strategy that takes students, facilities and neighbourhoods into account? Once the schools are closed, we won't get them back.

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