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Residents’ association fights to keep schools open

Downtown residents are mobilizing to head off the possible closure of four public elementary schools.

The Downtown Residents’ Association held a meeting Thursday¬†that brought the public together with trustees, teachers, Coun. Rino Bortolin and NDP MPP Lisa Gretzky.

The association is now going to pull together people from across the city to take a united message to the provincial government to change the formula which funds school boards based on enrolment.

Funding is reduced if a school has too many empty spaces.

“This is not working for our city,” said Matt Wachna, the secretary of the residents’ association. “It’s not working for the province, so you need to change this now.”

“We’re not targeting one particular school, we’re really looking at long-tern as well as short-term goals,” he said.

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