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Planning document shows student enrolment continues to drop in Mississauga

Six of eight schools listed by the Peel District School Board as having low enrolment are in Mississauga.

The designation is given to a school running at 60 per cent or under capacity.

The Peel board’s Annual Planning Document cites Clarkson (48 per cent), Oakridge (56 per cent) and Thorn Lodge (56 per cent) public schools as under capacity elementary schools.

At the high school level, Gordon Graydon Memorial (54 per cent), Erindale (55 per cent) and T.L. Kennedy (55 per cent) secondary schools are noted in the document for low student numbers.

Kennedy is currently involved in a Pupil Accommodation Review (PAR) that is centred around the closure of Gordon Graydon.

The document, presented to the physical planning and building committee this week, cites two Mayfield-area schools as having a small headcount. Those include Alton (42 per cent) and Belfountain (57 per cent) public schools.

Alton and Belfountain are joined by Alloa, Caledon and Credit View public schools in a PAR that will be proposed to trustees at the next regular board meeting on Nov. 22.

Randy Wright, controller of planning and accommodation support services, said details of the proposal, including which school(s) will be recommended to close, will be presented at that time.

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