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County, board question funding

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A local school board and the county are teaming up to open eyes about education funding challenges.

The County of Simcoe recently approached the Simcoe County District School Board to join them in asking the Ministry of Education to review education funding levels for the board.

"The county did ask if our board would like to partner with them in this effort," said Debbie Clarke, board spokesperson. "Our board chair (Diane Firman) has contacted the warden about meeting and planning their next steps in approaching the ministry."

Clarke said the school board was pleased to accept the county's request at its regular board meeting on June 17.

"It (the partnership) doesn't happen often, but when it does, we're certainly always interested in partnerships like this," she said. "The board has come through a very challenging budget this year, and both the county and our board have the same worries about education funding in the county."

In a letter presented to the board last week, Warden Tony Guergis offered his support and suggested that a working group be established to ask the provincial government to clarify funding levels provided to the region.

"We look forward to working with the Ministry of Education and the Simcoe County District School board in order to raise awareness, and, hopefully, secure increased funding levels for Simcoe County," Guergis said. "We should be working together with our partners in order to bring recognition to funding issues from a regional perspective."

"It's always a good thing when all levels of government understand the challenges we're facing," Clarke said.



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