French and vocal music teachers at some 145 elementary schools will be relieved to learn that their classrooms will remain open next school year.
Peel District School Board trustees voted Tuesday, Feb. 14 to use $1 million of in-year savings to cover the cost of cleaning the rooms for the 2017-18 school year.
The decision will save 266 elementary classrooms at schools under ministry-rated capacity, such as Plum Tree Park and Queenston Drive public schools.
The issue of closing classrooms surfaced this past September as the board looked for ways to make up for a $2.8-million budget shortfall, by saving on the cost to clean rooms that did not house core classes. The cuts were tied to the phase-out of top-up funding.