West Windsor public schools may close
Committee recommends closing three schools and building new ones.
The future of three public schools in west Windsor is in jeopardy.
The schools will close if Greater Essex County District School Board trustees accept either of two recommendations in a final report released from a committee.
Both suggest closing Forester and Century High Schools and Marlborough School.
But it's not all bad news for staff and students because both reports suggest building new schools to replace some of the existing ones.
One scenario includes a new kindergarten to Grade 12 facility at the Marlborough site on Melbourne Road.
The other, a new elementary building on the Marlborough site and another new school at the Century High location on California Avenue.
Director of Education, Warren Kennedy, admits it's an emotional issue.
"This is not about the (couple hundred) students who attend this one particular school. This is about the 33,500 students and if we want to continue to be equitable in our provision of resources we have to make some difficult decisions," Kennedy said.
Public board chair Helga Bailey says trustees have some difficult decisions to make.
"You realize the maintenance costs are extremely high and the fact that we have more declining enrolment in the west end," Bailey said.
Board administration will review the recommendations and prepare a report for the trustees in September.
A final decision is expected in November.