Funding Changes and Ice Cream Money for Schools

I scream, you scream, schools funded by ice cream?

Should private funding be used to save a school from closing?

An Ontario ice cream maker is offering $2 million to save the only school in the small town of Markdale from closing. The proposed deal from Chapman’s Ice Cream—which has been approved by the Bluewater District School Board—would keep the school open for the next two years.

According to the proposal, Chapman’s Ice Cream and Parataxis Design & Development Corp. have offered to pay $2 million each to rebuild Beavercrest Community School. For the next two years, while a deal is being worked out, the Municipality of Grey Highlands has agreed to pay $50,000 annually to cover the extra costs of keeping the school open, while Chapman’s has agreed to cover any expenses beyond that.

In order to go ahead, the deal would have to be approved by the province, because it does not fit within current provincial regulations. The possible deal raises many questions…

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One day—one voice. Stand up for Music!

Music Monday is on May 1.

Every year, on the first Monday of May, schools across the country participate in a simultaneous nationwide performance of an original song written by a Canadian artist. Organized by the Coalition for Music Education, the event is dedicated to raising awareness for music education.

This year’s Music Monday anthem, Sing It Together, celebrates the unifying power of music. The song is co-written by award-winning songwriters Marc Jordan and Ian Thomas, and is available in various languages and arrangements.

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Increased funding for school boards announced

But no new rural strategy yet

On April 12, the province released the details of education funding for 2017/18. After lengthy negotiations with trustees’ associations, teachers’ federations and education workers’ unions, the province announced increases in salaries, funding for class size reductions, and a new Local Priorities Fund that may be used for staff such as special education teachers or educational assistants.

The province also announced that the government will launch a consultation on “new approaches to supporting education in rural and remote communities” in the spring.

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Upcoming Conferences and Events

April 19: WellAhead Webinar Series: Leadership for Well-being in Schools

April 19–20: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Conference

April 22: Dream Big: The School Council Event

April 26: Frontier College 2017 National Forum: Literacy and Poverty

April 28: Canadian Centre For Gender and Sexual Diversity’s third annual Ontario Educators’ Conference

April 28 – 30: Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations Conference

May 1: Music Monday 2017

May 6: Let’s Get Together’s Parent Expo 2017

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