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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Parents Support 'Rural' Option

Goderich | by Rick Stow  

Presentations to Avon Maitland Board call for classes at Colborne, Holmesville schools.

No matter what the outcome of the accommodation review at Colborne Central and Holmesville Public Schools -- parents have done their homework.

At the recent ARC meeting -- parents made empassioned and rational appeals to maintain classes at the two facilities-- or at the very least, keep a "rural option" for education on the table.

The meeting was held at the former Victoria Public School in Goderich, where Colborne students now attend.

Chair Wayne Tessier recognized seven speakers who made presentations to the committee which will make its recommendation to AMDSB trustees on the fate of the two schools in the new year.

Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn made a presentation on behalf of his municipality, saying rural schools are important to retaining the agricultural workforce.

His comments were echoed by Councillor Brian Barnim, who termed the rural school an "endangered species."

Holmesville parent Tom Trick maintained the quality of education is superior at both Colborne and Holmesville sites.

Mike Flemming, also a Holmesville paent, says the AMDSB should preserve the rural option.

Parent Anrieke Van Beets believes self-esteem is an important component in the battle to keep kids in school.

Mike Ash, the superintenent charged with doing the ARC's homework, believes the quality of comments he's heard bodes well for the committee's eventual decision.

Next meeting for the ARC is December 14th at Holmesville Public School.


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