The French Language Catholic School Board of South Central Ontario is suing the Provincial government because they’re not getting the money for a much needed new high school.’
The current school is located on Hamilton Mountain; it’s an outdated elementary school on a tiny parcel of land.
Enrollment is down because parents don’t want to send their kids to an inferior building.
Consider the contrast; we’ve got the Public Board of Education ready to spend about $3 million for a parking lot and these guys on the French Board would kill just to have enough property for the students to throw a ball around.
The French Board’s dilemma is really a symptom of a much bigger problem.
This whole plan of closing schools, selling properties, demolishing old schools and purchasing land while other Boards struggle needs a massive re-boot.
This is supposed to be about providing the best education for our kids, but instead, it’s turned into a giant Monopoly Game of free spending and land deals and frankly, the trustees who are rolling the dice aren’t very good at it.
I sympathize with the French Board; they’ve been asking for help since the 1990’s and they’re frustrated.
While the other Boards continue to acquire land in this game of School Board Monopoly, the French Board doesn’t even get to roll the dice.