NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says if she’s elected on June 12th she’ll help keep aging and under-utilized schools open for community use.
Horwath says that starting in 2016, school boards will be able to apply for money to renovate and re-purpose facilities threatened with closure so that others can take advantage of the space.
She says the program —which will cost $60-million annually— will help protect schools and ensure communities can provide affordable activities evenings and weekends.
The Liberals have not announced an education policy but included $11-billion in their spring budget to build or repair schools.
Tim Hudak’s Tories, meanwhile, have vowed to eliminate 9,700 non-teaching positions, increase class sizes and reduce the number of early childhood educators
in full-day kindergarten classes as part of their effort to balance the budget.