03/10/2016 11:17 EST | Updated 03/11/2017 00:12 EST

One-room school in Nova Scotia remains open after vote on motion to close it

BIG TANCOOK ISLAND, N.S. — One of Canada's last one-room schools has won a reprieve and will stay open for its two students.

The Nova Scotia board that oversees the school on Big Tancook Island voted Wednesday on whether it should be closed.

Jennifer Naugler, chairwoman of the South Shore Regional School Board, says the board members split the vote four-four, effectively killing the motion to shutter it.

Parents on the picturesque island off Nova Scotia's south coast pleaded with the board to keep their little elementary school open.

Resident Hillary Dionne, who was at the meeting, says community members cheered when the vote results were announced.

She says the school is accessible only by ferry from the vacation town of Chester, and closing it could drive residents away and deter others from coming.

The Canadian Press