Public School Board Report Provides Some Clarity On Community Hubs

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More details are coming out about the Greater Essex County District School Board's attempts to create community hubs at area schools.

The board has come forward with a report at the request of trustee Jessica Sartori, who was concerned the $856,000 in ministry funding to assist with renovations, may go unused.

The document states the board has invited more than 40 organizations to discuss community partnerships without a single one showing any serious interest.

The report also details the seven schools across Essex County that offer enough empty space to accommodate a community hub.

Sartori says the board's report has provided some much needed clarity.

"I think it's great to have some additional information," she says. "It's great to have a list of schools, understand what the criteria is for seeking out community partners and we're going to move forward."

Sartori is hoping the board's report will help spark some interest. "I hope it does. I think it will really and I think with the addition of translating the number of empty student spaces into, what does that look like? How many classrooms is that? Is that a gym? What does that look like? I think it's going to be really helpful."

 If the $856,000 in funding isn't spent by the end of the 2017-18 school year, it'll be returned to the government.