Catholic school board to study non-Catholic admission this fall
The Waterloo Catholic District Board will establish a task force in the fall that will closely study the idea of allowing non-Catholic students into its elementary schools.
WCDSB Chair Wayne Buchholtz told CBC News that the task force would be set up in September to study all aspects and all the implications of open access elementary schools.
"It doesn't mean that as a board we're going to be moving in that direction, but we're going to be studying and looking at what's happening right now across the province," he said.
The board was supposed to be considering the issue at a meeting in May. But in an April meeting, trustees decided to have a closed-door discussion about the issue. When contacted by CBC News at the time, trustees said they were unable to comment on the issue because it was a closed meeting.
The September task force was created "as a result of a trustee bringing forward that particular topic and asking that it be looked at," Buchholtz said Wednesday.
The news comes as trustees prepare to vote on budget cuts that staff say are required to tackle a $6.6 million deficit caused in large part by declining enrolment.
There are some school boards in Ontario, like the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board, and the Niagara Catholic District School Board, that already allow non-Catholic students into their elementary schools.