School board funding cut

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The Renfrew County District School Board will see its provincial funding cut for the 2019-20 school year.

According to the province’s “Grants for Student Needs” projections, released Friday morning, the RCDSB will see its overall funding cut just over 1.1 per cent, from $126.3 million to $124.8 million.

Within the board’s funding, however, the “Pupil Foundation Grant” will be cut by more than seven per cent, from $49.7 million this year to $46.2 million.

The school board’s enrolment is projected to remain virtually unchanged, falling slightly from 8,828 students this year to 8,803 beginning in September. Final enrolment numbers are set in the fall and grant funding adjusted to reflect actual numbers.

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Town has “serious concerns” over education reforms

by Kelly Lapping

Deep River Mayor Sue D’Eon will write to MPP John Yakabuski and Minister of Education Lisa Thompson to outline the town’s “serious concerns” with the province’s proposed education reforms and their impact on “small, rural municipalities like Deep River.”

D’Eon was responding last week to a letter from Susan Humphries, chair of the Renfrew County District School Board.

In her letter, Humphries warned that changes to class sizes and mandatory e-learning “will most certainly affect” the board’s ability to offer programs and services.

“As trustees we take our responsibility for ensuring quality education very seriously and have worked hard to ensure we are operating within a financially responsible framework,” Humphries said in her letter to Thompson.

“We feel that the proposed changes will greatly limit our ability to provide our students with the quality of education that they deserve.”

D’Eon asked for council’s backing for a letter in support of the school board’s concerns.

“Deep River council are actively engaged in promoting and growing the population of the town of Deep River,” D’Eon said in prepared remarks at a special meeting last Wednesday.

“Good schools and hospitals are two of the things that people consider when looking for a place to live and two of the cornerstones of what makes Deep River a wonderful place to raise a family.”

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(Photo: Mackenzie Community School students joined their peers across Ontario in a student walkout earlier this month to protest Premier Doug Ford’s proposed changes to the province’s education system.)