School boards may decide to close a school due to declining enrolment, because it requires extensive, costly repairs, or because a program is being reorganized or eliminated. In this section, you can find information and research about the impact of school closings on communities and lists of schools closed in Ontario over the past 10 years.
School closings are on the rise in Ontario, and the process for deciding which schools stay open and which schools close, should be reviewed.
The Avon Maitland District School Board (in the Stratford area) has been dealing with declining enrolment for years. They also have schools that would cost more to repair than rebuild. No other boards wanted to buy the buildings so the board is selling them all in an auction.
The Education Day debate in Owen Sound focused on school closings.
A 2009 People for Education report shows that school closings will increase every year for at least the next three years.