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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bluewater Looks at Finance Options

Grey Bruce | by John Divinski  

Bluewater Board looks at money in accommodation review recommendations.

With the big decision on Accommodation Review Committees set for October 18th, Bluewater District Board of Education trustees got a quick review of the options from a money point of view.

In the case of Hanover and Chesley if trustees go for the first recommendation, which is a JK to 12 school in Hanover and another one in Chesley along with Hanover Heights JK to Grade 8, they'll be over 120 thousand dollars in the black.

No problem there.

However in the Kincardine/Port Elgin review, the preferred option of 3 elementary schools remaining open in Kincardine will put them 62 thousand dollars in the hole.

If they close one school--the second choice -- they're 25 thousand dollars in the black.

Kincardine/Huron Kinloss trustee Jan Johnstone fears some trustees may only look at the bottom line.

She says there was a reason for going with three schools and that was future growth in the area and what the committee perceives as increased school enrolment.

The final decision from trustees comes in two weeks time and officials are expecting a big turnout for the meeting.


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