What does the future of Sackville schools look like?
Community asked to consider several options
The options have been laid out on the table and now community members will have their turn to make their voices heard about what they’d like to see happen to their local schools.
The Anglophone East School District held the first of three public meetings Tuesday night in Sackville, providing information to parents, teachers and other concerned residents about the various scenarios the community might want to consider as the closure of Marshview Middle School looms on the horizon.
“There’s going to be some positive changes to your infrastructure in Sackville, something I think the community’s been waiting for for a long time,” said Gregg Ingersoll, district superintendent. “But it’s just a question of what those changes will look like.”
Ingersoll said the district is in the process of carrying out a sustainability study on Marshview, as it is operating under capacity and requires significant, costly repairs. The district education council (DEC) voted in May to carry out the study under provincial Policy 409 as part of its capital spending plan.
Originally built in 1949 as a high school with a capacity of more than 600 students, Marshview now has an enrollment of 271 students from Grades 5 to 8. And the school requires more than $2.34 million in deferred maintenance work – including upgrades to the ventilation system, washrooms, walkway, heating system, floors, site improvements, among others. Annual operating costs for the school come in at around $119,000 – with nearly half that amount spent on heating costs.