Engaging the Community: School Closures and Other Issues of Interest

This presentation was given at the 2006 BCSTA Academy by MaryLynne Rimer, Chair of the Saanich School Board and Dr. Keven Elder, the Superintendent of Saanich School District. It provides some background and information on:

  • Saanich School District’s school closure process and the lessons learned from that process;
  • how the school district engaged the community; and
  • the Commission on Public Education that the Saanich School District carried out. Through this Commission the Board received input from community members about what the community felt was important for public education. This information will be used to guide future budget decisions.

To view the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

P3s Make News Across the Country

P3s made headlines across the country this week. Newspapers in Halifax, Montreal, and Edmonton all carried pieces that questioned the supposed benefits of the P3 model. Last week the Globe and Mail Business Section also featured a piece that challenges the federal government’s current P3 push.

Here are the links to the articles:

P3 Schools’ Budget Doubles
Edmonton Journal

Architect Erases Himself from Hospital Design
The Gazette, Montreal

Beware P3 Rec Centres, Says Ottawa Councillor
Edmonton Journal

Why the Rush on P3s?
Globe and Mail