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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Education Minister Lisa Thompson Says No Plans To Consolidate Province's School Boards

Regional | by Fadi Didi  

Thompson says task force will make recommendations on finding efficiencies in Ontario's education system.

Ontario's Education Minister says, at this point, there are no plans to consolidate Ontario's 72 school districts.

In an interview with Bayshore Broadcasting News following the release of the 2019 budget, Thompson says there is no truth to the speculation.

"Oh, no. Not at all."

The province's Progressive Conservatives will be forming an education task force to find efficiencies within her ministry's purview.

Thompson says that task force will be comprised of "individuals who have, perhaps, sat on boards in the past, with... fresh perspective."

The news follows reports sixty-nine teachers received redundancy notices from the Avon Maitland District School Board, which falls within Thompson's riding of Huron-Bruce.

35 hundred teaching positions are expected to be phased out in Ontario over the next four years, as grades 4 to 12 class sizes balloon, saving the province $861 million during that time.

Thompson tells us the upcoming task force will look to "modernize, and realize efficiencies" in the province's four publicly-funded school systems.

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