Community rallies to save Sundance elementary from closure

Greater Victoria school board trustees are slated to vote on whether to keep the school open at a meeting March 27

Supporters of Sundance elementary are hosting a community gathering in an effort to save the school from closure.

Greater Victoria school board trustees are slated to vote on whether to keep the school open at a meeting next Thursday (March 27).

The community gathering is set for Tuesday (March 25) from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the school, located at 1625 Bank  St. The event will feature music, barbecue, displays of student art and school projects as well as school registration and program information.

There is also an an online petition at Facebook.com/SaveSundance.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come together as a community and celebrate what Sundance means to our students, our parents and our neighbors,” says Sundance spokesperson John Balogh

“We hope people will come out to the school both as a show of support for our school and to find out more about what makes Sundance special.”

Sundance elementary is one of three Schools of Choice in School District 61 where children living anywhere in the district can attend.

Greater Victoria school district is facing a budget shortfall. This is due to the impact of enrolment decline and unfunded cost pressures, say district officials. Between 2008 and 2013, the school district, lost 542 students. The enrolment is forcast to decline by 97 students over the next two years.

Sundance elementary has 85 students attending classes.

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