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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 14:12

Math vs. Creative Thinking big question with new P3 building

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In the November 8 edition of Prairie Post, Matthew Liebenberg reported on discussions about the future of three schools in Swift Current.

Apparently, the school board is considering closing one of the schools because enrollment is well below the combined “functional capacity” of the schools.  
It looks like someone has figured out the minimum square footage required to educate a student, and that the rest of the building is wasted space.
With a little creative thinking, that space might be used for dedicated art, drama or music rooms, or whatever “student-focused resources” are deemed to be lacking.
We are in the era of building schools on a P3 model. Maybe private businesses could rent space in our public facilities. Daycares, or rather, pre-pre-pre kindergartens could be a good fit.
The number of educational consultants and curriculum advisors isn’t likely to decline any time soon. A few offices in the heart of the action, with an open door to front-line workers, would make sense.
At a public meeting regarding the building of the new Ecole Centennial School, Board Chairperson Randy Beler, indicated 95 per cent of primary and middle-years students in Swift Current take a bus to school. It shouldn’t be difficult to manage the flow of students within the city so all schools have a little extra learning space.
The City is borrowing millions of dollars to purchase land and install services for new subdivisions, betting that more families will be coming to town. The school board forecasts declining student numbers. Is that the new math or is someone not doing his/her homework?
Hugh Henry, Swift Current  

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