School board stays course

De­spite lobby by par­ents, community lead­ers, schools still slated for clo­sure

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY TERRY ROBERTS THE COM­PASS

The Eastern School Dis­trict showed it was more than will­ing to tweak it plans when it came to clos­ing ru­ral schools dur­ing a board meet­ing in Shoal Har­bour on Nov. 7.

But that f lex­i­bil­ity was not ex­tended to schools in Whit­bourne and Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton.

De­spite a lobby by par­ents and community lead­ers in both com­mu­ni­ties to save their schools, the board ap­pears set to seal the fate of Whit­bourne El­e­men­tary and Epiphany El­e­men­tary — both kinder­garten to Grade 6 schools — dur­ing its next reg­u­lar meet­ing in Spa­niard’s Bay on Dec. 13.

Com­pass file photo

Epiphany El­e­men­tary in Heart’s De­light-Is­ling­ton (pic­tured here) now ap­pears des­tined for per­ma­nent clo­sure at the end of this aca­demic year.

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