Our full policy paper can be found at: http://ormyl.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/ormyl-policy-merging-public-and-catholic-school-boards2.pdf
WHEREAS in the current economic climate the Ontario Government should be considering all possible opportunities for cost savings;
WHEREAS Ontario is the only province to provide full funding for two school boards;
WHEREAS estimated annual savings from a school board merger are between $1.2 billion and $1.5 billion annually including $164.9 million for the elimination of school board and governance grants for discontinued Catholic school boards, $38 million in French language education savings by reducing under-utilization, $164.9 million in student transportation grants, $239 million in capital program cost, and between $488 million and $813 million in economies of scale savings;
WHEREAS a substantial portion of the cost of a merger between the Catholic and public school boards could be covered by the sale of buildings and lands that are declared surplus after the merger;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Ontario Government merge the English public and Catholic school boards into one unified publically funded English school board.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ontario Government merge the French public and Catholic school boards into another unified publically funded French school board.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Ontario Government promote the inclusion of both secular world religion credits and faith-based religion credits in the high school system where reasonably justified by demand.