05/16/2013 10:48 EDT | Updated 07/16/2013 05:12 EDT

Middle Schools Closed In Cowichan Valley, School Bus Fees Implemented

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DUNCAN, B.C. - Cowichan Valley school trustees are closing the book on middle schools in that Vancouver Island district.

The closures take effect over the summer.

They come as the board grapples with a $3.7-million shortfall.

In all, six schools will be closed, with Grade 7, 8 and 9 middle school students redistributed to neighbouring elementary or secondary schools.

The district has also imposed an annual 200 dollar fee for students riding the school bus.

Cowichan Valley district Supt. Joe Rhodes blames declining enrolment for the financial crunch, saying time will tell if proposed revisions bring students and parents back to area schools. (CFAX)

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