School closures may be necessary, says board superintendent
New community consultation process being developed before action is taken
Cynthia Fleet says with pressures to maintain staffing and programming in smaller schools, the board needs to consider more efficient ways to deliver those programs.
But before any discussions begin, the board is developing a new process to consult with communities.
"One example is the timeline that is there in the current process is unrealistic and there would be, I believe, errors made in at least the process," said Fleet.
"It's important for board trustees to come to a decision based on appropriate information and appropriate consultation."
The Department of Education paid $17,000 for a consultant's report on how other jurisdictions deal with school closures.
Board members will be provided with that information in the fall and they will then develop a policy of their own, says Fleet.
Only after that policy is in place will the board start to consider where closures or rezoning might take place on P.E.I., she says.
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