St. Lunaire-Griquet parents upset about proposed school closure

Concerned families of the St. Lunaire-Griquet area continue to protest over the proposed closure of Bayview Regional Collegiate.

Parents in the St. Lunaire-Griquet area continued to show their discontent over plans to shut a local school by holding a protest march on Thursday.

Students joined parents and marched together from the town hall to Bayview Regional Collegiate.

The Western School District is planning to close the school in September and bus students about 40 kilometres to St. Anthony. Protesters think it's not safe to send their children that distance in bad weather.

Protester Dale Colbourne says they've met with district officials, but their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

"We've written letters, we've had meetings with them where we weren't even allowed to talk," said Colbourne. "There's been several attempts to do this and we're not getting anywhere with the Western District School Board."

Colbourne said parents are not happy with the idea of busing students 40 kilometres in what can be treacherous weather conditions.

Earlier this week, a protest was held in front of the school. Last weekend, over one hundred concerned parents and friends held a rally at the town's fire hall. 

Discussion regarding closure first started in early 2008. The school district says the closure is due to declining enrolment that's occurring in the area. There are currently 48 students enrolled in Bayview Regional Collegiate.