Southern Alberta community wins fight to keep small school from closing

Small school to stay open with help from parents

NEW BRIGDEN, Alta. — A southern Alberta community has won its fight to keep its school from closing at the end of June even though only two students attended this year.

Residents in the hamlet of New Brigden have raised $70,000 to help cover costs over the next two years and parents will pitch in with snow removal, lawn care and lunch-time supervision.

Education officials have agreed to keep the school open next year, but the plan is to offer Grades 1 to 4 only instead of going up to Grade 9.

The school was listed as a candidate for closure by officials with the Prairie Rose School Division after several parents moved their children.

They went to a school in the nearby community of Oyen following a dispute with some former staff members.

Parents say six students are expected to enrol in New Brigden’s school this fall and nine others will be in preschool and kindergarten classes.

Families say they are relieved by the decision.

“There was a few of us that cried and … the trustees all came and hugged us and congratulated us,” said Savanna Tye. “We all thanked everyone and each other for all the hard work.

(CTV Calgary)

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Missing Chilliwack teen found ‘safe and sound’

Boy found just as mother was organizing search

Chilliwack Rotary club reports $4,200 theft at storage shed

Rotary Train Shed adjacent to homeless camp on reserve land broken into Oct. 15

Rainfall warning issued across Lower Mainland into the weekend

50 to 70 mm of rain expected to fall starting overnight Friday and into Sunday morning

UPDATE: Chilliwack mother issues plea for info on missing son

Informal search party organized for 13-year-old boy not seen since Thursday

Husband pleads guilty in relation to 2009 killing of Kulwinder Gill

Abbotsford woman died in hit-and-run conspiracy

VIDEO: ‘Lyle the singing pig’ searching for home

SPCA say the pig is ‘not opera-ready’

B.C. search groups mobilize for missing mushroom picker

Searchers from across the province look for Frances Brown who has been missing since Oct. 14.

Search for missing B.C. man a race against winter weather

David Jeff of Williams Lake was last seen in Kamloops during the chaotic wildfire evacuations

Man steals police car, goes for a ‘slow’ ride

Mission RCMP say the motive of the theft is unknown

Dodgers punch ticket to World Series

This will be the first time the Los Angles Dodgers have made it to the World Series since 1988.

Surf group winning the war on plastic bags

The Tofino Co-op will no longer provide plastic bags, following in the footsteps of the Ucluelet location that already made the change earlier this year.

All three victims identified in Fernie arena ammonia leak

Wayne Hornquist and Lloyd Smith were from Fernie and Jason Podloski from Turner Valley, Alta

VIDEO: Body discovered at scene of dumpster fire behind Langley City mall

Area behind furniture store taped off after firefighters find deceased woman while battling blaze

5 to start your day

Sentencing in murder of Surrey teen expected, Maple Ridge mayor to step away from politics and more

Most Read