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Parents push back over potential closure of nearly-full Catholic elementary school in Vaughan

Parents of children at a Vaughan, Ont. elementary school say they have “huge concerns” about the school’s potential closure separating siblings and leading young students to trek across a busy road.

The closure of Our Lady of Peace, a York Catholic District School Board school in the community of Maple, is the Board’s preferred option to address Ministry of Education funding changes aimed at motivating school districts to address excess capacity.

Since the proposal was first announced last September, local parents have questioned why closing the school — which is around 97 per cent full — is the top choice.

Closure makes ‘zero sense,’ parent says

Nearby schools are emptier, with Blessed Trinity at around 75 per cent capacity and Father John Kelly at around 48 per cent, board data shows.

The potential closure “has made absolutely zero sense,” said parent Joe Dematteis at a Sunday protest in front of Our Lady of Peace on Barhill Road.

“There are other options they should be looking at,” he added.

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