Balance budget by closing schools

Everyone in the know, including the immediate past school board, understands that we have to close underutilized schools.

To the Editor,

Re: Amendments hide lack of school funding, March 31.

Everyone in the know, including the immediate past school board, understands that we have to close underutilized schools in order to have the money to put into instruction, etc. Yet you repeatedly print the school board chairman’s spin that it is the ministry that underfunds education.

Courtenay, years ago, closed five schools right up front to bring school space into line with enrolment. No one says that would have been easy, but they did what had to be done, bit the bullet so to speak.

I, along with countless others, will watch your coverage of the next few weeks as the school board does its ever-loving best to continue to blame the provincial government for its budget crunch while it continues to keep open, no, reopen, redundant schools.

Doug McBrideNanaimo