Dr. Charles Pascal believes schools as a community hub is not a risky move.
In fact, he himself says he believes it is not only a winning idea, but an idea that the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board should get on board with.
He told the board of trustees at their meeting on Monday night that “the stars are well-aligned for this board to get it done.”
Pascal says we need to treat schools as community resources where a range of complementary activities can take place.
Director of Education Mandy Savery-Whiteway says the board is following the recommendations of the committee and is continuing to complete all the milestones required by April 30.
Pascal says the board took a risk in keeping a particular school open just to see what was possible, and what was possible was that the community rallied and gathered over $400,000 in support.
He says this is about how we take the resources we have to increase coordination and collaboration.
Pascal also told the board the provincial government has $50 million set aside for the Ministry of Education to give to school boards to support the expansion of community hub use in schools.
He says there is absolutely no obstacle that can’t be overcome for this to become a remarkable project.