Nova Scotia

Board member trying to save Spryfield school

A motion will be presented Wednesday to try to save Central Spryfield Elementary School.

A motion will be presented Wednesday to try to save Central Spryfield Elementary School, one of five HRM schools on the chopping block.

Sheryl Blumenthal-Harrison, a member of the Halifax Regional School Board, will present the motion.

The Halifax Regional School Board may close the 64-year-old school in two years.

The people trying to save Central Spryfield Elementary think the new subdivision, Governor's Brook, is the school's future.

"So there's definitely going to be elementary students. They're all family units."

This fall, they're expecting 119 students at the school.

Blumentha-Harrison said the board staff ignored the enrolment projections calculated by a consultant three years ago during the Imagine Our Schools process.

Enrolment was expected to decline steadily, but surge to 162 by 2018.

The chair of the schools advisory committee is now leading the school's review process.

"Half of the capacity I don't think justifies closing it down … it's only a matter of time until the development around here brings in new families," said Joanne Feniyanos.

Blumenthal-Harrison said she's not holding out much hope. She figures she has the support of only two other board members.

"There seems to be a little bit of a divide, but hopefully the rest of them [will reconsider] after they hear more of the statistics and with all these numbers being presented," she said. "At least they're allowing me to make the motion to reconsider."

Last month, Blumenthal-Harrison called the rest of the board "cowards" for not agreeing to halt any talk of school closures.

She was ruled out of order after speaking anyway, despite being denied the opportunity by the board to read her motion to stop school-board reviews.

She'll face censure at a closed-door meeting Wednesday that could result in her dismissal.

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