01/16/2013 03:59 EST | Updated 03/18/2013 05:12 EDT

Hundreds turn out in Rossland to keep high school open

People in Rossland have unequivocally told their local school board to keep its hands off their high school.

Hundreds of people packed the Rossland Secondary School gym Tuesday night.

The Kootenay Columbia School District is considering closing Rossland's only high school to save money.

"The cuts are tiresome, " said Rossland resident Aerin Gui.

"One woman stood up and said this has been going on for 40 years. They are always on the chopping block. And it's on the block again."

District must cut $2 million

The school board is looking at three options, including reconfiguring existing schools, closing a school and busing kids to nearby Trail.

"The board needs to shave almost two million dollars off its budget and has about six weeks to find a way to do it," said Darrel Ganzert, chair of the Kootenay Columbia School District.

He said one option stood out as a clear favourite.

"People at the meeting wished to have a K to 12 school in Rossland to keep their children in the community and not bus them to Trail for any portion of their education," said Ganzert.

The board will make its decision by February 25.