While Ontario’s school board amalgamation discussion doesn’t centre on the Catholic and Public boards joining, the Chair of the Waterloo Region District School Board, Catherine Fife told 570 News, she is looking forward to collaborating with her counterparts at the Catholic board.

“In Waterloo Region, there are opportunities for the Catholic school board and the Public school board to work more collaboratively together, and I would welcome those conversations,” Fife said.

“Local school boards should be taking the initiative to have conversations around where boards at the local level can share resources, and perhaps, for instance, share capital space, and share programming.”

Fife was on a conference call with other chairs and directors across the province Tuesday, with the Minister of Education, Laurel Broten, “the call was a way for the minister to indicate that there will be some consultation over the summer with some stakeholders, but the process will start in its entirety in the fall,” Fife said.

The amalgamation focus to date has been on northern and rural Public and French school boards finding partnerships with other boards to look to finding efficiencies and savings.

Fife says the province is looking to save $27-million on education over the next two years.