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Mounting concern over rural school closures

Local officials are trying to pump the brakes on an accommodation review process which could see some rural schools in the region shuttered as early as this fall.

Last November the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board unveiled its 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.

At last Tuesday’s Prince Edward County council meeting Counc. Bill Roberts tabled a request to urge the minister of education to re-write the accommodation review guidelines to take into consideration the community and economic impact school closures would have on rural communities.

The motion would also request there be no more school closures until those guidelines are re-written.

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.

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