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Thursday, October 18, 2012

No Support for School Board Merger

Grey Bruce | by Robyn Garvey  

Bruce Grey Catholic Board does not like idea to merge with Bluewater Public Board.

The Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board does not like the idea of a merger with the Bluewater public school board.

In fact, senior administration with the Catholic Board admit they were caught by surprise.

As we first told you on Wednesday, the School Board that banned Bible’s from schools now wants to merge with the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board.

Catholic Director of Education Bruce MacPherson says although the two boards work well together on many levels, it’s a mixed marriage that will never work.

He says the two school boards are distinctly different.

As a Catholic Board, MacPherson says they look to educate the whole child body mind and spirit and infuse the Gospel values throughout all of their teachings.

MacPherson says "we speak of God, about God and acting in the ways of God on a daily basis with students" -- and he adds that is something that doesn't happen in public school board.

From a fiscal point of view, the two Boards also greatly differ.

The Catholic Board boasts balanced budgets year after year and the Bluewater District School Board constantly burdened by millions of dollar in deficits that result in deeps budget cuts.

MacPherson adds the Ministry of Education has made it clear that any upcoming school board amalgamations will involve public with public, French with French and Catholic with Catholic.

He says the Catholic Board has no desire to deviate from the Ministry’s instructions.

Currently the Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board is in amalgamation ‘conversations’ with Wellington Catholic and Huron Perth Catholic District School Boards.

Superintendent of Education Catherine Montreiul adds a merger with the Bluewater District School Board would not be in the best interest of students.

She says the rationale is not there, noting the School Board‘s strong fiscal position, high student academic achievement and focus on Christ in the classroom.



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