OPSBA statement regarding possible school board amalgamations

"As the government continues its focus on fiscal restraint, there have been a number of rumours about options being considered to achieve their budget objectives. To date, we have not received confirmation the government is pursuing regional amalgamations of school boards. However, history has shown that forced amalgamations don't necessarily result in cost savings and can negatively impact the cultures of school boards that take years to overcome. School boards are constantly seeking ways to be more efficient and find savings and will continue to ensure every dollar goes where it is most needed – to support student achievement and well-being. If this is an option the government is exploring, as the leading education advocate in the province representing English public school boards, we would expect to be consulted and involved in any potential discussions."

Cathy Abraham, President