HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 24, 2014) - The union representing more than 4,000 school board workers across Nova Scotia has told the McNeil Government's school review process that communities should decide whether a school closes or not.
CUPE's Lisa deMolitor, who is the Chair of the Nova Scotia School Board Council of Unions, says, "A key question asked by the discussion paper is if decisions about school closure should be moved from school boards to some other body (provincial, appointed, or quasi-judicial). CUPE supports leaving school closure decisions in local communities.
"School closures can threaten the viability of communities themselves and decisions about school closures therefore need to stay in the community that will be affected. This is a basic democratic principle," says deMolitor.
She says school boards make decisions about school closure in other provinces and jurisdictions. "There is no compelling reason for Nova Scotia to deviate from this long-established and widely practiced governance model," she says.
CUPE also urged the Committee to recommend changes to the school review process that would put an end to the practice of school boards pocketing the savings from school closures.