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Community vs. big-box schools

SCHOOL closures, and the building of new schools, is a hot topic in Nova Scotia. It’s a sore spot for parents whose kids face losing their local school in favour of a larger, consolidated one outside their community.

Financial savings are often cited for this worrying trend of closing small, community schools and creating “big-box” schools. Money is a convincing argument. However, there are just as convincing arguments for smaller schools, including financial ones.

The issue came to a head in October when the Halifax regional school board (HRSB) released a list of proposed school replacements. Ten new schools are slated to be built between 2009 and 2015. Most will replace two or more schools at a time.

From yesterdays Herald….