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Calgary's National Sport School faces possible closure

Parents and student athletes have been told that the National Sport School in Calgary faces two possible futures: move or close.

'This would be a total train wreck for a lot of individuals'

Youssef Akram, a former student at the National Sport School, says he's worried about the effect of the closure on current student athletes. (CBC)

Parents and student athletes have been told that the National Sport School in Calgary faces two possible futures: move or close.

The National Sport School is a collaboration between WinSport Canada and the Calgary Board of Education that's designed to give high-performance student athletes the flexibility to balance the demands of training and studying.

The school has been operating at Canada Olympic Park in space leased from WinSport since 2011.

With that lease set to expire, parents were told at a private meeting on Monday night that the school will either have to move some of its programs to nearby Bowness High School or shut down entirely.

The Calgary Board of Education told parents Monday that it might have to shut down the National Sport School located at Canada Olympic Park. (CBC)

Zoran Jankovic, whose daughter attends the National Sports School, says parents were not consulted.

"It just seems like they've already gone down a path, they've decided what, where they're going to go and, really, it doesn't feel like we have any say in the matter," he said.

Parent Sally Longino also says it seemed to her that a decision has already been made.

"It's very disappointing for kids that want to achieve high levels in more than one thing in their life and I think that'll be taken away," she said.

Youssef Akram, a former student, says he's worried for the student athletes currently at the school.

"I have never heard of any other school that can accommodate for their academics or accommodate for their sport at the same time as good as the school. This would be a total train wreck for a lot of individuals," he said.

Parents told CBC News they've been informed that a final decision will likely be announced in the new year.

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