Crowland residents have taken the fight to save their community school to Queens Park as they believe the Ministry of Education’s “Accommodation Review Process” is flawed. On January 28th, the District School Board of Niagara announced their recommendation to close Crowland Central Public School.
The “Friends of Crowland” have gathered over 700 signatures on a petition demanding the current process be replaced with an open and transparent process that includes community partnerships. They also want any plans to close Crowland halted until the process has been fixed. The Accommodation Review Process used to examine student enrolments and close schools has come under fire across the province in other communities for the same reasons.
“The Crowland experience is another example that a new process is needed,” John Spironello, Friends of Crowland chair said. “We agree with Premier Dalton McGuinty’s 2002 quote …that when you shut down a school in a small community, you are ripping the heart out of that community.”
The petition was presented by MPP Peter Kormos on May 6, 2010.
Online petitions can be signed at www.friendsofcrowland.com.
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