Community members rising up against Lockeport preschool closure

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By Amy Woolvett

Parents and community members are fighting back against a Town of Lockeport council decision to close the Kids Corner Preschool.

The Town of Lockeport council passed a motion to discontinue the 27-year-old preschool, effective immediately.

A community meeting has been set for July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the recreation centre in Lockeport.

“Everyone is encouraged to come,” said community member Stacy Cotter.  “We want the place full.”

“We want to get the town and councilors to reconsider closing the school,” she said.

She is one of many who are angry at the town’s decision.

“We want answers,” she said.  “Why didn’t they give us the opportunity to help?”

She said already they have found corporate sponsors that would help with finances.

She said the parents and community were also willing to put forth a strong fundraising effort on an ongoing basis.

“We weren’t even given the opportunity to help,” said Cotter.  “That’s what makes us so upset…they just blindsided us.”

She said her niece was to begin at the preschool this fall.

“She was so excited,” said Cotter.  “She even got a new bookbag. How are we going to explain to the kids they can’t go because of money?”

Town of Lockeport Mayor Darian Huskilson said the preschool ran a deficit between $6,000-10,000 annually.

Cotter wants the opportunity along with the rest of the community to fight for the preschool.

“There are so many things we can do to help,” she said. 

Already their group of online supporters has grown to 600.

“It goes to show the support we have for our children in the community,” said Cotter.

Organizations: Lockeport council, Lockeport preschool

Geographic location: Lockeport

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  • Lily Ann Roache
    July 23, 2014 - 11:01

    this is very sad news. I don't have anyone to attend the pre-school but I just saw my last grandchild graduate. It's very hard to make a comment without all the facts. What is the income from the daily rate paid by the children to attend, the salaries, the expenses. It seems like a very big deficit but where does the money go? If the community members want the pre-school to remain, they certainly have a right to have some say in the decision of it's future. I'm not able to be there for the meeting but I support the parents. Please Lockeport Council listen to those who will be affected by your decision before taking away their pre-school. Some things can't be just about the money. Closing the pre-shool sets a president for the school board to close the high school. . It works both ways you can't expect to keep our town schools opened and close a school.