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TVDSB to Hear Public Input Tonight on School Closures

Zorra Township Mayor Marcus Ryan is one of the people who will speak tonight in favour of a motion to rescind the closure of New Sarum and Springfield Public Schools.

SPRINGFIELD - Trustee's from the Thames Valley District School Board will be hearing public input tonight on the pending closures of Springfield and New Sarum Public Schools. 

Zorra Mayor and the Vice Chair of the Community School Alliance Marcus Ryan will be speaking in support of Trustee Ruddock's motion to rescind those closures.

"The previous board decided to close those schools as part of a complex decision to close those schools and build a new school in Belmont and a new school in South East St. Thomas. The communities of Springfield and New Sarum are not supportive of that and I am going to be there to speak in favour of not closing those schools but continuing with the proposal to build the Belmont school."

Ryan says a lot of new information has come out since the previous board made the decision to close New Sarum and Springfield.

"Since then, there is a new rural and northern education fund that is allocated to rural schools and northern schools, we of course a moratorium on school closures and we have a new rule that school boards are to consider when they do school closures, if there is a school that qualifies for the rural and northern education fund and it has to do on the impact of the community. Those things have changed, we also have a new Provincial Government, which has a completely different perspective on it's finances and how to finance rural schools and education in particular. I think trustee's should not be afraid to change a decision they made, because the circumstances under which they made that decision have changed." 

The trustee's will be gathering public input tonight before making a final decision on the schools next week. 

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