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Bruce Mines to lose its only school; parents upset with school board

Bruce Mines to lose its only school; parents upset with school board

As anticipated, Algoma District School Board (ADSB) trustees have voted to close Arthur Henderson Public School in Bruce Mines, intending to move the school’s 60 remaining JK to Grade 3 children to Central Algoma Elementary School (CAES) in Desbarats.

The final decision, which board administrators and trustees acknowledged as a difficult one, was made at their meeting Tuesday night after an Accommodation Review Committee recommended the aging school be closed.

The move is dependent upon the ADSB receiving funding from the Ministry of Education for an addition to CAES to accommodate the remaining Henderson students.

Joe Santa Maria, ADSB superintendent of business, told SooToday Arthur Henderson’s numbers on the facility condition index (a scale which ranks a school’s physical state) show it to be in “poor to critical condition.”

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