The cold weather is closing in, but the fight to keep Springfield Public School’s doors open is just heating up.
About 60 Springfield supporters climbed aboard a bus bound for the Thames Valley District School Board office Tuesday night, determined to show trustees just how much the small school means to them.
“We had an awesome turnout,” said Jessica Goodwill, chairwoman of the Save Springfield P.S. Committee. “Everybody had signs, Springfield Timber Mart donated wood. One of our residents built a huge sign.”
Board trustees approved a motion to begin the Pupil Accommodation Review process at Tuesday’s meeting. Though a final decision on the school’s fate won’t be made until the fact-finding review is complete, Springfield P.S. supporters are kicking into high gear to get their voices heard.
“The trustees asked very good questions and they’re concerned and are ready to listen to both sides,” said Goodwill. “The trustees had questions too, which we were relieved to know … They took an interest.”
Springfield P.S., along with four others including New Sarum, South Dorchester, Sparta and Westminster Central public schools, were recommended for closure in a recent report by TVDSB administration. The document identified areas of concern and made note of schools operating under capacity, institutions where projected enrolment is decreasing and schools with aging infrastructure.