Elementary schools with fewer than 170 students and high schools with fewer than 350 students could be identified in an October pupil accommodation report, along with communities in which there is more than one small school, said Gayle Stucke, director of the Lambton Kent District School Board.Then we are taken onto other topics, such as the provincial EQAO release along with summertime renovation and alteration work.
“Looking at pupil accommodation issues is ... becoming a more urgent issue,” she said.
Hillcrest School in Petrolia, on the other hand, is experiencing a population increase that recently caused town council to pass a bylaw for two additional portables.
A letter was also sent to the board requesting “a facilities study” which will be considered in the October report, Stucke said.
That's disappointing-- why not take a broader look at the pending decisions on any upcoming reviews? I had to sell that to my own editors this past week, the results of which are here, and here, given a general distaste for accommodation review stories after the first round.
It's a tricky line though-- do you want to be alarmist as a reporter? Or simply remind the audience that these important questions have not disappeared and need to be kept alive in the public's consciousness? A better-informed populace comes to the table better prepared, no?