A few years ago, the Arcola School Division was amalgamated with an area to the south, forming the Souris Moose Mountain School Division. This was supposed to save money. I hear that it did the opposite.
Now we are on the eve of another amalgamation, throwing us in with schools over a huge area (including the cities of Estevan and Weyburn, which will undoubtedly drive the decision making in an urban orientation) to form the Southeast Cornerstone School Division.
For an excellent portrait of the kind of abstracted, impractical thinking that feeds this centralization, I highly recommend Kate McMillan's latest post at the CBC Election Roundtable, regarding health care.
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