What’s happening in Rainbow Schools?

Rainbow District School Board receives less money to maintain schools

In the Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review, the provincial government revised its projected economic growth outlook for 2008. In light of lower revenues, the Province of Ontario is delaying the implementation of and slowing down some new spending, while at the same time restraining internal government expenditures. As a result, Rainbow District School Board will receive less money than anticipated to maintain its schools this year.

“Our school renewal grant has been reduced by $614,982,” said Director of Education Jean Hanson. “This will bring the Board’s capital budget down to $2.4 million for the 2008-2009 school year.” She added: “With less money, less work will be done to maintain our aging facilities.”

Rainbow District School Board is currently reviewing its capital needs to determine what projects will be completed. Projects include roof replacements, new windows, and updated boilers. “In establishing priorities, health and safety needs are first and foremost,” said Director Hanson.

Rainbow District School Board has a total of 48 buildings in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin.

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Media Contact:

Jean Hanson, Director of Education,
Rainbow District School Board, 705-674-3171, ext. 7215