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Closing rural schools not the answer: county council

Belleville – If any rural schools are to close, it likely won’t happen without a fight from Hastings County councillors.

The subject of the Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board’s accommodation review triggered an emotional conversation at the Thursday, Jan. 26 county council meeting, with many agreeing that when a rural school closes, it has an incredible adverse effect on its municipality.

The discussion followed a tense public meeting held in Madoc a week earlier, where many citizens spoke in favour of keeping Madoc Township Public School open. The board’s accommodation review is proposing that Madoc Township school be closed and students there be moved to Madoc Public School.


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