Court hears Strait school closures challenge
Some Heatherton parents are hoping to force the Strait Regional School Board to keep their school open another year while a court reviews the closure order.
Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Patrick Murray agreed Tuesday to review the decisions to close Rev. H.J. MacDonald School and West Richmond Education Centre in Evanston.
But Rev. H.J. MacDonald, an elementary school in Heatherton near Antigonish, is set to close at the end of June, well before the judicial review on Aug. 16 and 17.
Parents with children at that school want the court to stay the closure order in the meantime, which would effectively put it on hold while the larger review is underway.
It's not known when Murray will deliver his decision.
Parents say closing Rev. H.J. MacDonald and forcing the students to go elsewhere would be hard on the children and the community.
The Strait board argues that keeping the school open for another year would be expensive and disruptive, since teachers and other staff have already been assigned to other schools.
There are 75 students at Rev. H. J. MacDonald and about 148 at West Richmond Education Centre.