St. John the Evangelist School in Woodslee might not have to close at the end of the school year after all.

The Windsor Essex Catholic School Board is willing to make a deal to move an existing community centre into part of the elementary school's excess space.

In the plan, the town of Lakeshore will pay the board $50,000 a year in rent and also pay for any renovations.

That means the school could stay open.

School board trustee Lisa Soulliere said it's a win-win deal.

"The [community] centre, I'm sure, would like to have access to the facilities that are at St. John the Evangelist School, and the students would surely like to continue at St. John the Evangelist School without impending closure," Soulliere said.

Lakeshore town council will discuss the deal at its meeting next Tuesday night.

Concerned parents, like Paul Mullins, will be there to watch.

Mullins said the move saves a $600,000 renovation to the Millen Community Centre in Belle River and gives people access to a gymnasium.  

"What the board is prepared to do is precisely what the community wants," Mullins said. "And it would serve the taxpayers the best from an economic point of view."