Although Alberton Central School remains on the chopping block, parents are drumming up support from council and local businesses to help pay for any necessary renovations if that will help keep their school open.
Danielle Robinson wrote a letter and made a presentation to Alberton council at its last regular monthly meeting. She said the closure of the school would be “a tragedy to our township and especially our children.”
She is gathering pledges for renovations to the school, and asked council to consider making a contribution to “keep the community attractive and strong.”
Robinson stressed the money only would go towards renovations if the school remained open. She already has three companies on board willing to help with the work.
“I think we have great potential,” she said. “It’s not like you’re donating money, it’s an investment.”
Council tabled the issue and will make a decision on donating soon. “We‘re really pressed for time,” Robinson stressed.
The public school board is expected to make a final decision on the fate of Alberton Central—as well as Alexander MacKenzie and Sixth Street schools in Fort Frances—on May 7.