Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
OPINION: Catholic board concerns about centre misplaced
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 24 Mar 2006, p. 6

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The Halton Catholic School Board and its supporters need not worry that joining Halton Region, police and the public school board in operating out of one regional `supercentre' will threaten its autonomy. Catholic education, principles and faith are taught and celebrated primarily in the board's numerous schools and churches throughout the region and at home-- not at its administration centre. A shared facility would only boost the Roman Catholic education system as the costs saved by the venture could put more resources where they count the most-- in the classrooms. Some Catholic school board trustees have expressed concern that moving into a proposed joint campus might conflict with, and perhaps even erode, the board's identity, Catholicity and more. We can't envision a scenario where the act of sharing an administrative building would significantly compromise the Catholic board's ability to retain its identity. It's estimated the campus would cost approximately $127 million, but would result in an overall savings of more than $20 million compared to each organization pursuing separate projects. Fear of the partnership triggering the downfall of Catholic education doesn't make sense to us. However, supporting it could make a lot of `cents' for each of Halton's cashstrapped school boards.

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OPINION: Catholic board concerns about centre misplaced