Students and staff at a northeast Calgary Catholic school are facing an uncertain future after board members voted to consider closing it.
A letter sent to parents on Monday, which was obtained by CTV News, lists a number of reasons for the Calgary Catholic School Board vote on Jan. 29 to consider the closure of St. Angela Workplace School.
The letter says the building needs between $3 million and $4 million in upgrades to meet post-modernization standards and based on last year's figures, officials project continued operation will result in a deficit of $239,269 this year.
Closure, it says, will result in a savings of between $240,000 and $786,000.
An information meeting is set for Feb. 25 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Angela School (231 Sixth Street N.E.) and a final decision will be made at the April 8 board meeting.
The letter says that of 117 students enrolled in the school, 50 live within the attendance area and all students will be incorporated into other schools if it is closed.
In a statement, a parent group say they are "discouraged" by the decision to look at closure.
"St. Angela Workplace School has been a part of the Bridgeland community for the past 100 years and the families that have attended there have been privileged to be part of a very special educational experience," it reads.
"We are very passionate about all St. Angela Workplace School has to offer the City of Calgary, as it is not simply a community school, but actually serves the entire city as a workplace school for families working at or near the downtown core."
The group said they are organizing an effort to avoid closure.
"We are committed to working with Calgary Catholic School Board to explore other solutions, as we recognize that the board faces some very tough financial decisions due to the budgetary issues created by the current provincial government," reads the statement.
"The school also faced closure in 2009 and was kept open due an incredible community effort and to being designated as a Workplace School by the district. The board has very valid reasons for considering the closure, but we as parents continue to believe that an alternate solution can be found."