Monday, February 7, 2011

Another capital roundup

Another week (and a bit) another roundup of stuff that's crossed the news alerts and Twitter on school-closure reviews or other capital-related topics.
  • The Orillia Packet and Times on the meeting of a group trying to save all rural schools, particularly the one in their neighbourhood which has been identified by the Simcoe County District School Board as prohibitive-to-repair;
  • A Pembroke Observer piece on a local school board employee seconded to the ministry to work on the capital asset evaluation tool-- which means 2002 audits are finally going to be updated by the province soon.
  • The Owen Sound Sun Times on why a municipality doesn't have a committee member on a school-closure review currently underway in the region; and,
  • Though this one isn't exclusively about capital, an Ottawa Citizen article on the premier's comments regarding overcrowding at some schools and the dollars provided under the current government's mandate for operational and capital.
Dalton McGuinty's points in the last one should be appropriately noted. His government has invested billions in school renewal, expansion and construction since 2003, but at the end of the day despite any provincial pressure as to where all that work should happen it's been trustees' decision (or at least confirmation) as to how it's spent.