Brian McHattie__John Rennison The Hamilton Spectator__3/17/14

Mayor’s race still in active campaign mode

Brian McHattie__John Rennison The Hamilton Spectator__3/17/14The race for chief executive of Hamilton is still in active campaign mode, despite the provincial election that’s swallowing up public attention.

In fact there was a double-barrelled development Tuesday for the Oct. 27 municipal election, with mayoralty candidate Brian McHattie offering a three-part plan to deal with school closings and opponent Fred Eisenberger campaigning on LRT.

Staff at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board have recommended closing 11 elementary schools across the city to cut costs and deal with declining enrolment. On Monday, the board heard 40 deputations from east Hamilton residents about the planned closures there, and more were heard Tuesday evening from central Mountain residents.

Councillor McHattie’s plan, introduced Tuesday, rests on three legs:

• slow down the closing process;

• seek more opportunities to share endangered school facilities;

• have the city join forces with the board to lobby the province for changes to the funding formula.

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