As reported in The Suburban by Tracey Arial last week, the Lester B. Pearson School Board’s School Change Policy will force the merging of several elementary schools within the board’s territory as well as closing Lakeside Academy in Lachine for good.
And while Lakeside Academy, formerly Lachine High School, boasted an impressive 96% graduation rate , it was operating at less than forty percent student capacity.
Lakeside Academy will close as of July 1st, 2016 and for Lachine Mayor Claude Dauphin, it is a loss for the borough.
“We always had a great relationship with Lakeside Academy,” Dauphin told The Suburban. “We understand that the board had no choice due to the declining enrollment and while there is no decision to contest, this is not good news for us.”
Dauphin noted that the high school students from Lakeside Academy took part in many “community minded activities over the years. The students would always help with the Mayor’s Blood Drive or to serve seniors at The Teapot.
“The reality is that there are less eligible anglophone students and the decline could be due to students choosing French schools or to go to private schools,” said the mayor. “It is too bad because we are losing a lot of community minded students.”