Education on a human scale: Small rural schools in a modern context

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If the board is unable to provide clear educational evidence to support the contention that additional program offerings will necessarily improve educational quality for the children of these two communities, then the case rests on questions of financial expediency. If this is true, then the board should openly make the case from this premise and admit that these schools are under consideration for financial and not for educational reasons. This is perfectly understandable. School boards and other local level governance bodies have clearly been squeezed for many years by downloading of fiscal problems from the federal government, through the provincial government and on to municipal units, health authorities and school boards. School boards are in a difficult position and must make tough choices to balance the books. But will small school closures help to do this?
There is evidence in the literature that school closures and other consolidation efforts do not actually result in financial savings.
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Our final recommendation is that rather then closing these schools, they should be used by the Board, by the Department of Education and possibly more widely as exemplary schools. WCES is a small elementary school with very low enrolment that utilizes multiage instruction in an exemplary fashion. This school should be celebrated as an example of what is possible with hard work and flexible organization. WCES can show rural school administrators how it is possible operate an excellent elementary school with a very limited staff.