Nova Scotia

Halifax-area parents plead for their schools

Worried parents are urging the Halifax Regional School Board to keep their schools open.

Worried parents are urging the Halifax Regional School Board to keep their schools open.

Twelve schools in the Halifax region have been named for possible closure, replacement or amalgamation.

School board members heard from a number of parents at a meeting Thursday night.

"The feelings that went through me were like a roller-coaster — anxiety, fear, confusion, frustration and stress," said Heather Smith.

Smith is fighting for Upper Musquodobit Consolidated Elementary School. If it closes, she said, the future of the community is at risk.

"The threat of closing our school is a deterrent to those who live in our community and those who would move here," Smith told board members.

Displaced students also face long trips on buses that cut into their after-school activities, she said.

Bridget Quigley said north-end Halifax needs St. Joseph's-Alexander McKay Elementary, another school on the list.

"When you throw something good away, something that is working, it is very hard to get back to that successful place," Quigley said.

The school board will decide Wednesday which schools will be up for a formal review.

The 12 schools on the list include:

  • Atlantic Memorial – Terence Bay Elementary
  • Atlantic View Elementary
  • Caudle Park Elementary
  • Central Spryfield Elementary
  • Gertrude M. Parker Elementary
  • Hillside Park Elementary
  • Prince Arthur Junior High
  • Sackville Centennial Elementary
  • Sambro Elementary
  • South Woodside Elementary
  • St. Joseph's–Alexander McKay Elementary
  • Upper Musquodoboit Consolidated Elementary

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