Many numbers are swirling around as to just how many classrooms could be closed in the Peel District School Board at the end of the month.
The closures are the result of the phasing out of $2.8 million in provincial top-up funding which previously covered the maintenance of classrooms which are classified as empty.
The exact number of closures at both the elementary and secondary level will not be known until the end of the month, when final enrolment numbers are calculated.
Though Peel board staff have estimated closures will be upwards of 300, the union representing their custodians claim that the number could be more than three times that.
“In Peel secondary schools alone, we’re talking about closing 277 potential classrooms,” said Dan Bouchard, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2544 president. “At the elementary level, they’re talking about possibly closing 730 classrooms.”