Northwest Ont. school with 13 students could close
Fort Frances-area school officials say enrolment is dropping while costs are rising
The future of one of the smallest schools in northwestern Ontario is under review.
The Northwest Catholic District School Board has approved a study of Our Lady of the Way School in Stratton, west of Fort Frances.
The school has only 13 students, and enrolment is continuing to drop. Board officials say the annual cost of running the school is at least $200,000 greater than revenues.
The review will include gathering input from the community on options, including closing the school.
The board will set up an Accommodation Review Committee to make recommendations. The committee — which is expected to have a minimum of four meetings — will include a school council representative, a staff member, the principal, a parent of a student, the First Nation community, a local municipal representative, the business sector, a Diocesan representative and as the superintendent of education.
If a consensus on recommendations about the school cannot be reached, a vote will be held. Board personnel will not be eligible to vote.