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County parents worried about future of schools

Parents of Prince Edward County students have a lot of questions about the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board’s long-term capital and accommodation plan calling for, among other things, the potential closing of several schools throughout the area.

Board officials cited declining enrolment and high upkeep costs as the reason for the recommendation when they unveiled the plan in November

Wednesday night at PECI during the first public meeting, approximately 200 parents, some with their school-aged children in tow, questioned Board officials on a litany of topics ranging from transportation to timing.

The current HPEDSB plan would result in the closing of Pinecrest Memorial Elementary School, Queen Elizabeth School (Picton), Sophiasburg Central School, C.M.L. Snider School and Kente Public School.

Students from those schools would either be moved to Prince Edward Collegiate Institute or, in the case of C.M.L. Snider and Kente, consolidated into a newly-built school either on the C.M.L. Snider property or in Wellington.

The earliest closings would be in September of this year.

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