In a testament to the changing demographics in Peel, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board reports a decline of 686 students at its June 6th administration finance and committee meeting.
The dip breaks down to a loss of 283 elementary students and 403 high schoolers, compared to last year. The report shows a total of 80,888 students in the Catholic board this year.
According to the board’s Long Term Facilities Master Plan Historical and Projected Enrolment document from February 2016, enrolment in Dufferin-Peel was down 7,223 students from 2006 numbers.
The school in the enrolment report that had the largest decline this year was Bishop Scalabrini Separate School which, Del Bianco said, results from a boundary adjustment.
The February enrolment projections from the board predict Brampton to see the largest student boom in the next decade, with Mississauga’s head count expected to wane.
The Peel District School Board is seeing a similar decline in south Peel. Reducing empty pupil places prompted to the closure of Mississauga’s Gordon Graydon Secondary School in June 2018.
Currently there 7000 spots available at schools in the district.
The problem is also exacerbated by the rising cost of owning or living in Mississauga and Brampton neighborhoods.
Young families are forced to look further way and older residents are unwilling to sell off which tended to happen more often up until a decade ago. As neighborhoods mature and the number of families with small children drop, school closures will continue to be inevitable. – CINEWS