Friday, December 3, 2010

ARC talk

Two quick hits from two different areas on pending accommodation review committee / school-closure committee decisions. Both hit the web Thursday, at the Owen Sound Sun Times and the Barrie Examiner. One editorial (Barrie) one news article, both dealing with school-closure committees created by the previous term of trustees but left to this term of trustees to complete. The Barrie editorial was particularly apt since the Simcoe County District School Board trustees of last term left another hotly contested and divisive school-closure decision in the northwest part of the county to their successors. So not only will this board decide on the fate of Barrie Central, but also on the fates of high schools in Collingwood, Midland, Penetanguishene, Elmvale and Stayner.
Bluewater must also turn its attention to school-closures, committees struck this autumn but not yet populated with representatives or initiated. Given the governance chaos in Bluewater during this last term, it will be interesting to observe whether its opponents believe the board has changed how it considers public input.