From 16 to 3, the Richmond school district has announced its shortlist of schools for closures.
Three elementary schools: Daniel Woodward, McKay, and Alfred B. Dixon all face permanent closure by September 2017.
Richmond School District Trustee Debbie Tablotney says consultations will take place over the next 4 weeks.
“Woodward had an enrollment of 120 students, they could fit into Thomas Kidd School. McKay’s projects September enrollment was 143 students, they would fit into Grauer Elementary School.”
And options for Dixon Elementary still have to be looked at.
Tablotney says the district would save 250 thousand dollars in operating costs per school.
Parents who may be affected by the school closures if trustees vote in favor are speaking out.
Emi Dick has two children who attend Diefenbaker Elementary.
Diefenbaker is one of two schools on the receiving end for students who attend Dixon, if that school closes.
She says more students means there will be portables.
”Basically it eliminates any extra spaces that might be in the school that are used for band, or before and after school programs. What that means is that there will be less gym time, less library time due to the large enrollment of kids, And less playground equipment for kids, it’s already aging and falling apart.”
Lisa Fisher has two kids at Dixon.
She says the walk to Diefenbaker is too long for children.
“I think there will be very negative impacts for sure. Families will be very upset.”
Parents plan to hold a rally Saturday to take a stand against the province and district for school cutbacks.
The district will hold its final vote on October 17.