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Grant Sine Public School likely to close, school board says

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today


The 2013-2014 school year will likely be the last for Grant Sine Public School, a Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board spokesman has confirmed.

Superintendent of education - student achievement for the east region Steven Girardi cited the numbers, which have steadily declined over the years: enrolment is down to 56 students in Kindergarten through Grade 6.

"As those numbers continue to decline, it leads to enrolment pressures like triple grading and staffing difficulties," Girardi said in a telephone interview.

Although a formal accommodation exercise must be undertaken regarding the school at 780 D'Arcy St. in Cobourg, he said, telephone interviews with all Grant Sine parents have already been conducted offering their children the opportunity of going to Terry Fox Public School — which was constructed in the 1990s at 1065 Riddell Ave.

Even though concerns were expressed over the children having to be bused to their new school, he said, results are positive.

"We have empty classrooms there, so I think that will be fine. If the community supports the move, we want to work with them to make it as reasonable as possible."

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