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.