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Harris stands up for parents fighting to save St. Clement Catholic School

February 8, 2014

ST. CLEMENTS – Now that the Liberal government has given the Waterloo Catholic District School Board the green light to proceed with closure options for St. Clement Catholic School, trustees should carefully consider the concerns of local parents before making any decisions, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.

“For generations, this school has been the foundation of St. Clements – bringing together family and friends around learning, faith and community traditions,” Harris said. “Now, in one decision, the Education Minister has set into motion the potential removal of St. Clement Catholic School from this small rural town forever.”

Harris wrote to school board Chair Wayne Buchholtz (letter attached), asking him to carefully examine the negative effects a school closure would have on the community of St. Clements before proceeding with any potential options in the Rural West Waterloo Accommodation Review that would take this course of action.

“Speaking as a father, I know how important having a good local school nearby is for a child’s development and quality of life. With that in mind, I believe closing St. Clement Catholic School would weaken the sense of community in this unique rural town, as local children would be uprooted and bused to neighbouring communities away from their family and friends,” Harris said.

“I took a stand for parents in St. Agatha when the province approved removing the catholic school in their community, and I am proud to take that same stand for parents in St. Clements now that the Education Minister has given the school board permission to proceed with closure options,” Harris said.