Save South Stormont Schools lobby sees threat to all schools; calls public meeting

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LONG SAULT — Don’t pop the corks for Longue Sault Public School just yet, according to the Save South Stormont Schools lobby.

The group’s poster for an upcoming public meeting warns “all” schools in the township remain under threat, following the Upper Canada District School Board’s March 23 green light to close the secondary section of Rothwell-Osnabruck School in neighbouring Ingleside.

With the facility’s high school portion set for closure after graduation, outraged R-O supporters plan the session next Tuesday, April 4, to discuss “protecting all of our public schools, which we feel are still under threat,” says Save South Stormont Schools’ Jennifer MacIsaac.

Long Sault Public School, like the secondary section of R-O, was among 29 Eastern Ontario schools initially proposed for closure by board staff last September. LSPS was dropped as a closure candidate in February, but R-O High School made the shortlist of 12 schools recommended for shutdown and ultimately approved by trustees March 23.

Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6 are slated to remain at R-O.

“The residents of South Stormont are outraged at the UCDSB’s decision to close the Secondary section of R-O. The negative impact on our students and residents can’t be ignored,” says MacIsaac. Our children must not lose the right to be educated in their home community. All South Stormont residents are asked to attend the public meeting Tuesday, April 4th.”

The meeting will take place at the South Stormont Municipal Office at 7 p.m.




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