REGINA — After pushback from parents, students and educators the Saskatchewan government says it will take a second look at its decision to cut funding from an alternative school.
Last week, the government eliminated more than $700,000 in funding from the Cornwall Alternative School in Regina.
Cornwall’s website says it helps students in grades 7 through 10 who have difficulty in a regular school setting.
It also provides counselling and nutritious meals to help students stay in school.
Education Minister Gord Wyant says not enough questions were asked about the school before the decision to cut its funding was made.
He says he plans to ask those questions now and speak with trustees, board members, students and parents.
“If there’s more information that can come to bear on the decision that’s already been made, then we’ll reverse it,” Wyant said Tuesday.
Eunice Cameron, a member of the school’s board and a former Cornwall principal, said she is relieved the government will revisit the budget cut.
“We have staff right now who are stressed to the hilt, who are not sleeping,” she said. “We have students who have been punted out many areas in their life and now feel they’re being punted out again, and it is very scary.”
Cameron said the students won’t get what they need if they have to go back to the public school system.
She said they need the support Cornwall gives them.
The school says Cornwall was established in 1972 as a community response to poverty in Regina’s core areas that was affecting young people.
Other organizations listed as supporting the school include the United Way, Regina Food Bank and Regina’s public and Catholic school boards. (CJME, CKRM, The Canadian Press)
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