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Rainy River School Board consolidates schools

In the northwestern Ontario town of Rainy River, the high school is set to consolidate with Riverview Elementary School in a move that the school board chair says is being forced by the province’s funding formula changes.

Board chair says schools in Atikokan likely to face same fate

Rainy River's elementary and high schools will soon consolidate into one, says Dianne McCormack, chair of the Rainy River School Board. (File photo/CBC)

In the northwestern Ontario town of Rainy River, Rainy River High School is set to consolidate with Riverview Elementary School in a move that the school board chair says is being forced by the province's funding formula changes.

Dianne McCormack, chair of the Rainy River School Board, said consolidation is the best they can do, considering the amount of structural work the two buildings need, as well as declining student enrolment.

"The Ministry's funding changes, on their part, they're looking to make the best use of money at their end," McCormack said, "but, it definitely is a push for boards to start looking at how to mitigate the funding losses that a lot of them are going to see because of the [funding] changes."

The board initially wanted to build a new K-12 school in Rainy River, but the Ministry turned the idea down because the current buildings were still in good enough shape, McCormack said.

Two schools in Atikokan — North Star Community School and Atikokan High School — could also be consolidated within a couple of years, McCormack said.

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