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Time, money donated in effort to keep Alberton school open


Alberton residents will learn Tuesday night if the township’s donation of $10,000—combined with the voluntary services of electricians, plumbers, and contractors—is enough to keep their school open.

The fate of the three local elementary schools slated for closure, including Alberton Central, will be discussed when the Rainy River District School Board holds its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. at Robert Moore School here.

In a bid to save Alberton Central, the township has pledged $10,000 towards renovations on the condition the school board agrees in writing to keep the school open for no less than three years.

In addition to this donation, a number of local tradespeople have donated their time and parts at cost to complete the renovations.

“Our $10,000 will be able to go a long way in buying materials with all of the voluntary labour,” said Alberton Coun. Bill Morrison, who has one child attending the school.

“I think our $10,000 will equal the school board spending $50,000 on labour and materials,” he noted.

Alberton resident Danielle Robinson also is accepting donations of money and labour from the public to add to the current offer being presented before the school board.

While he wants the school to remain open, Coun. Morrison isn’t holding his breath.

“They said they wanted public consultation. Over 100 people came out to the meeting and said that they wanted to keep the school open and yet they’re doing it anyway,” he argued.

The school board is slated to make a final decision about closing Alberton Central, Alexander MacKenzie, and Sixth Street schools at its meeting May 7.

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