In Torstar today, there is an article that discusses changing demographics role in declining student enrolment and need for consolidation so cost savings can be reinvested. Source.
Changing demographics in central Erin Mills, including more baby boomers, fewer children of school age and smaller numbers of Catholics moving in has led to low enrolments in Catholic schools.
"The population and demographics are changing," said Bruce Campbell, spokesperson for the school board. "You have to be Catholic to go to a Catholic elementary school, and so we have found our enrolment dwindling."
Back in September, only 103 students were enrolled at Blessed Trinity although its capacity is closer to 300. Four other schools in the area were also at less than 50 per cent capacity.
The closure is expected to save the board an estimated $160,400.
So consolidating and closing schools does have significant cost savings that can be reinvested into student programming (as I originally suggested and was disputed in a previous thread).
That this consolidation is actually not significant enough as with 3 other schools with less than 50 per cent capacity, even when transferred students are taken into consideration, will mean that the 3 remaining schools will still be under capacity.
That one needs to consider that closer in larger urban centres, such as Mississauga, may be easier because bussing to a new school within a like board is not necessarily that big a deal (schools are closer because of density of population) but as one moves to outer areas, mid to small cities, rural and north, long bussing to elsewhere (out of town) is a problem for communities and kids/families. As one notes here, kids who are not Catholic can be denied attending a local school and thus forced to go outside of the community - as they do not have choice.