Stew Slater, St. Marys Journal Argus
The Huron-Perth Catholic District School Board has begun preliminary discussions with two nearby Catholic boards about the possibility of amalgamation.
But board superintendent Gerry Thuss stresses that doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen.
“We’ve started discussion with Bruce-Grey and with Wellington – our coterminous boards,” Thuss confirms. “Nothing has been decided. Clearly, we’re in the early stages. It’s really just gathering information we need to look at the issue from a well-informed point of view.”
Thuss says the decision to meet with the boards – so far, on a strictly upper-administration level – came out of last spring’s provincial budget, which included wording that clearly indicated amalgamation of smaller boards is a possibility.
“When (the province) talks about it, they talk about boards that are small, and boards that have declining enrollment,” says Thuss. “And guess what? That’s us.”
Thuss adds there has been no decision to move ahead with any kind of amalgamation. But administrators at the three board have agreed it would be in their best interest to follow through to some degree on what has obviously been identified as a future direction by the province.