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Parents oppose closure of Rideau High School

Rideau High School might be less than half full, but it houses valuable services that help the whole community, a public meeting on school closures heard Tuesday.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board is considering a proposal to close Rideau and send the students to Gloucester High School.

The proposal is part of an “accommodation study” that includes the three east-side high schools: Rideau, Colonel By and Gloucester.

Enrolment at Rideau High School is projected to sink to 400 students next year in a building that can hold 966. Gloucester High School is much larger, with capacity for 1,608 students, but now has a utilization rate of only 40 per cent.

Several speakers at the meeting said Rideau High School is an important community hub.

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