Saskatchewan

Sask. education minister says he may revisit Cornwall School budget cut

It may not be the end after all for a Regina alternative school that was a victim of provincial budget cuts.

Gord Wyant was meeting with parent, school advocates Tuesday afternoon

It may not be the end after all for a Regina alternative school that was a victim of provincial budget cuts.  

Cornwall Alternative School found out earlier this month it will lose more than $700,000 in provincial funding.

Yesterday, Saskatchewan Education Minister Gord Wyant said the regular school system would be able to serve the students in future.

The move drew public outcry, including a rally in Regina. 

On Tuesday Wyant said the government is prepared to revisit the decision. He met earlier that afternoon with parents and advocates for the school.

"I make decisions based on the best information that I have that [has] come to me and I think that's a bit of a failing on my part that I didn't reach out, that I didn't ask enough questions when it came to the decision that we made in the budget," Wyant told reporters at the legislature on Tuesday.

"But those are the conversations and the questions that I've been asked now."

Another rally was also expected at the legislature on Tuesday.

Students being 'punted' around: Former principal

Eunice Cameron, a former long-term principal at the school, said the decision to cut the school's funding had caused sleepless nights for staff, students and their families. 

She is also concerned students are seeing negative comments about them on social media.
A rally was held at Cornwall Alternative School on Monday. (Heidi Atter/CBC)

"When I see trolls saying 'Oh well, put on your big man pants and be a student,' I'm thinking, 'Oh my, if you only knew the lives that those kids were leading you would put on your big pants and shut your mouth,'" said Cameron. 

She said students at Cornwall receive more support than what is available at a regular school. 

Cameron added that they are used to being "punted" around in their lives and said the government's decision is another example of that. 

With files from Adam Hunter

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