We’ve known for some time this isn’t your father’s public school system in Niagara.
But just in case someone was holding on to the belief that schools are built to serve local neighbourhoods, along comes news of the latest District School Board of Niagara accommodation review.
Goodness knows there have been enough of these reviews over the past 25 years. Most, perhaps all, of them have looked at areas that suffered from the double whammy of low birth rates and extremely limited population growth. It’s a bad combination for healthy school enrolment.
Combine a steep drop in students with the high cost of maintaining aging, half-vacant buildings and you’ve got a recipe for school closures, one the DSBN has not been shy at following.
The latest area under review, though, misses one of those key elements.