Funds should be spent on A.J. Baker
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Dec 27, 2013  |  Vote 0    0

Funds should be spent on A.J. Baker

St. Marys Journal Argus

Dear Editor:

Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) senior administration proposes spending an extra $1 million to close A.J. Baker Public School in Kintore!

The TVDSB’s senior administration is proposing that, instead of spending $1.6 million to replace portables at A.J. Baker, they spend $2.6 million to close A.J. Baker and move children to both Thamesford Public School and Zorra Highland Park Public School. This despite the fact that there is stable enrolment and no empty pupil spaces at A.J. Baker and the Zorra Township schools in the North West Oxford Accommodation Review Committee are more than adequately funded by the province’s funding formula.

Why do they want to do this? Because there is over $400,000 in Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) funding approved for A.J. Baker and they don’t want to spend it there; they want to spend it in Thamesford. Thamesford PS will need the funding for an addition in years to come due to projected growth, but not yet, and this is not the way to do it!

According to the board’s own data, A.J. Baker has been, and will continue to be, financially self-sufficient. That is why there are portables: because there are so many kids there.

The TVDSB administration is trying to artificially accelerate the natural growth process in Thamesford by closing A.J. Baker to get their hands on the money allocated to A.J. Baker.

According to the board’s own plan, it will cost $1 million of taxpayers’ money MORE to close A.J. Baker and add on to Thamesford than it would to replace the portables at A.J. Baker and leave it open.

Marcus Ryan

Save A.J. committee

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