“Last Chance Rally” by R.O. supporters on May 25

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INGLESIDE — Supporters of Rothwell-Osnabruck School plan to rally on May 25 at 12 p.m. It’s the latest development in the campaign to save secondary level education at Ingleside based school.

The Upper Canada District School approved the removed the removal of Grade 7-12 from R.O. at the end of the school year.

Supporters of the school have been battling that outcome ver since its proposal by the board last September. “The Last Chance Rally” will take place at Memorial Square, across the street from R.O., with South Stormont Mayor, Jim Bancroft, in attendance.

Organizers in a Facebook post say, “Let’s show the media we care and that our school matters to us! This isn’t the only rural school closing and the decisions being made are not in the best interest of our children or our communities.”

The campaign to preserve the upper grades at R.O. has seen local advocates lobby the school board, as well as the Minister of  Education Mitzie Hunter in person.

Short of an intervention by Hunter, or an abrupt change of heart by the board, those grades will be shipped off to Tagwa this fall.

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