The Ministry of Education’s mandate letter for the next four years includes developing a community hubs policy – a noble concept that would see empty public schools used creatively to benefit a community in alternate ways.
However, in pursuit of short-term efficiencies, schools in rural areas of Ontario and urban centres are being forced to close. 50 mayors across Ontario have banded together to lobby the Provincial government to reconsider school closures in favour of transforming school buildings into true community hubs.
A transformation of this kind will require both patience and co-operation between the Provincial Government, School Boards, and Municipalities. Not an easy task but one that seems worth pursuing.