BC’s education minister is again ruling out amalgamation of the province’s school districts.
Peter Fassbender says the ministry’s Mike McKay is doing a report on shared services for school districts not merging them despite rumours to the contrary.
“He absolutely is not looking at amalgamating school districts. He is looking at efficiencies within the system within shared services. Where we can reinvest those dollars into the classroom, which is where we are feeling a lot of the pressure across the sector.”
Fassbender says there are a variety of ways sharing services can result in cost savings.
“There is a number. There are HR services. There is other technical backroom services through technology. There is the acquisition of things like buses and other different things. Many districts are already working on a number of those initiatives.”
However Fassbender adds there is always ways to improve how any system is run.
“I think there is an indication that we all feel, and I have heard that even from the school trustees, that we all want to work to be as efficient as we can to ensure that every dollar that we can goes into the classroom. So there is always room for improvement in any organization or any structure.”
McKay is the former superintendent of the Surrey school district.
He retired recently and moved into a position with the ministry of education.