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Trustees will not be able to move daycare centres from schools

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Manitoba’s school trustees have buried a bid to give themselves local authority to move daycare centres from schools.

River East Transcona trustees unsuccessfully lobbied for local autonomy -- arguing that with the province mandating smaller class sizes, that schools may need the daycare spaces as classrooms. The alternative would be converting other facilities to classroom use.

Otherwise, said RET trustee Shirley Timm-Rudolph, "We will lose our music rooms, we will lose our art rooms, we will have to bus children."

But about 80 per cent of delegates backed Red River Valley trustee Shelley Syrota, who declared: "Daycare centres belong in our schools."

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