Friday, June 26, 2009

Accommodating Simcoe (Muskoka)

The Packet & Times' Nathan Taylor had two articles posted in recent days, both related to accommodation in the Simcoe County school boards.
The first one speaks about the Simcoe County District School Board's intention to undertake a boundary review for its high schools in the City of Orillia. These are natural outcomes, as stated, post-accommodation review. The matters here are complicated due to the SCDSB's difficulties in getting all of its intended capital construction recognized by the folks providing the dollars for that construction at the Ministry of Education.
In the second, the Simcoe-Muskoka Catholic District School Board has received its accommodation review report on elementary schools in Orillia, recommending some closure and consolidation / new construction, supported by some capital funding from the ministry (ultimately not enough to cover all costs).
Decisions are also subject to ministry approval.
But the local trustee is not ready to go against the PAC's proposal.
"I would like to follow those recommendations, if at all possible," said Jim Canning, who represents Orillia and the townships of Oro- Medonte, Ramara and Severn.
"(The province) should be able to provide that. There's no use giving this committee the authority to make these recommendations if you're not going to support them."
Well, once again, I would remind folks on the misperception of the role of accommodation review committees. They make recommendations and present options to trustees. Trustees are bound to consider these recommendations, not accept them (as many votes have shown).