Lester B. Pearson abandons schools, divides territory
Decisions by the Lester B Pearson school board on Monday night mean that six buildings–Lakeside in Lachine, Riverside in Verdun, Martin Tabachnick in Dorval, Orchard in LaSalle, Thorndale in Pierrefonds and Sherwood Forest in Beaconsfield–will be empty on July 1, 2016, to be turned over to the Marguerite Bourgeoys schoolboard or sold.
Chairperson Suanne Stein Day said her administrators advised the moves be made as a precursor to proposed provincial government budget cuts.
Last spring, the ministry of education threatened to remove maintenance funding for any school with less than 50% occupancy,” said Stein Day. “They took that clause out at the last minute, but we expect it to be brought back again in future. And to be fair, it’s not something that I’m against. We’d much rather spend money on students rather than brick and mortar.”
For the rest of the story, please refer to the Suburban online article, which also appeared on page 1 of today’s West Island edition. Also refer to: http://traceyarial.com/blog/allion_clean-up/, which refers to the major environmental clean-up project done on Riverview’s land at public expense just last summer.
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