Residents, parents and school children of all ages from both Paisley and Chesley held a rally outside the Bluewater District School Board office in Chesley Tuesday night.
The large group, many dressed in red to show solidarity and support for their small Paisley community, voiced their growing concerns and frustration over an accommodation review process that could close schools in Paisley and Chesley.
Organizer Alicia White-Gibbons says their goal was to make a visual impact statement to the Board to show them who is affected by the current accommodation review, adding funding is an underlying factor.
“Until we fix the funding problem, we’re going to see accommodation review after accommodation review after accommodation review. It’s not going to end until we fix the actual funding problem; do I think that we can fix that today? No, but I do think that we need to send a strong message that closing all these rural schools is not helping those kids,” says White-Gibbons.