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Review process could result in closure of up to 19 schools in Cape Breton

SYDNEY, N.S. — A school board in Cape Breton is starting a review process that could result in the closure of up to 19 schools.

Supt. Beth MacIsaac of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board says committees will be created in the next couple of weeks to look at the 19 elementary and middle schools.

She says plummeting enrolment rates are behind the review, adding that the rate for primary to Grade 12 students in Cape Breton has dropped 50 per cent since 1996.

The review includes schools in Northside, Riverview, Sydney, New Waterford and Glace Bay.

The findings are due in February and could include recommendations for the closure of up to 19 of the 49 similar schools in the area.

MacIsaac says many of the schools are only about 60 per cent occupied.

The Canadian Press

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