June 28, 2017 / For Immediate Release
BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA – On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Council made a motion authorizing their legal counsel to intervene in the Judicial Review of the South Shore Regional School Board’s March 22, 2017 decision to close the Petite Riviere School. The motion was in response to a request from the Greater Petite Area Community Association, which had requested that the Municipality join their efforts to have the court overturn the closure decision.
“Building strong communities that appeal to families and businesses is critical to the success of rural municipalities, and we feel strongly that closing rural schools is counter-productive to this goal,” said Mayor Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. “The research is clear–when rural schools close, communities suffer across all measures. We want to do what we can to create an environment where families choose to live.”
In addition to the negative effects rural school closures have on the community, they also result in surplus schools being turned over to the Municipality. Remediation or disposal costs can reach up to $1,000,000, and this money could be better used to invest in the economy, recreation or other priorities identified by Council and residents.
Chief Administrative Officer