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‘Very frustrating, kind of heartbreaking’: Seeking support for northern Ontario rural schools

‘Very frustrating, kind of heartbreaking’: Seeking support for northern Ontario rural schools

The past few months have felt like a roller coaster for Stacy Paajanen.

She was told last fall that her son’s high school in Lively, Ont., might be closing.

But after outrage poured in from parents and students, Lively District Secondary School was taken off the chopping block due to a bump in enrolment.

“I sat there and I cried,” Paajanen said.

“I think it’s scary for the parents and for the children to not know if you’re going to be able to attend your local school or if you’re going to be able to sell your house because the school, not ours, but a school could close and then your house is worth less. So it’s a snowball effect.”

That effect is already being felt in rural areas south of Sudbury,

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