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Postby newsposter » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:15 am

Updated April 2013 - see bottom of thread
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An article in Metro, October 24 2011 by Janice Paskey, makes this passing mention: A school is the heart of a community, and school closures stop the pulse. Consider the lovely historic St. John’s Fine Arts School is said to be sold for condos. School closures seem to be the result of trying to finance too many schools... Full story: http://www.metronews.ca/calgary/comment ... ood-lesson

Does anyone have further information? More than a rumour? St. John's elementary was built in 1916 and is considered a City Wide Historic Resource. I believe it and the 1919 Holy Angels School in Cliff Bungalow are the last of the "old" Catholic schools.

More heritage information at the link: http://www.calgary.ca/PDA/LUPP/Pages/He ... rceId=1960

Link to the school's web site: http://www.cssd.ab.ca/stjohn

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Postby newsposter » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:16 pm

We have heard that the Catholic school board is denying that any sale plans are in place for St. John's school. They are engaged in a broad planning process and consultation around programming and student accommodation which includes this and other schools. Consideration of school closures would typically be part of this kind of exercise, so keep your powder dry. There are consultation meetings happening in November and December. For more information, see this link:

http://www.cssd.ab.ca/default.asp?V_ITEM_ID=1163
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Postby newsposter » Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:27 pm

Information shared at public meetings with parents and posted on the CSSD website indicates that the Catholic administration proposes to move the fine arts program out of St. John's school and close that school. There is no proposal to move other programs into St. John's:

Proposal for Discussion: Review closure of St. John School and relocation of Fine Arts program to a future NW K-9 setting – options for consideration include St. Maria Goretti, Mother Mary Greene, St. Dominic and others. More information at this link: http://www.cssd.ab.ca/files/programs/qu ... ov9-11.pdf

The sale of the site for development is a likely option if the school loses its programs. Re-use as a charter school is another option, but probably less attractive to the board - we believe this is one of the few school sites that the board owns (vs. being on "municipal reserve"), and is zoned for development. Conservation of the historic building facing Kensington Road is a key heritage consideration.

:arrow: Additional information added Dec. 2011: Just to add a bit... under the "Joint Use Agreement", the City has first right of refusal to purchase the land, normally to fill local open space needs, which may be an issue here as it is in most inner city communities. In any case, stay tuned. But it may be awhile before any final decisions are made...
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Postby newsposter » Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:44 am

St. John's school closure was to be discussed at a meeting on Jan. 18

http://www.cssd.ab.ca/files/board_docs/ ... m_10.3.pdf

Agenda:
http://www.cssd.ab.ca/default.asp?V_ITEM_ID=270
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Postby newsposter » Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:27 pm

St. John's is one of the schools being considered for closure.

Catholic trustees to vote on closing schools, programs
Sean Myers, Calgary Herald
Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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http://www2.canada.com/calgaryherald/ne ... 827f69d640
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Postby newsposter » Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:30 pm

A public meeting on the possible closure of St. John's school is being held on February 7, 2012, 7-9 pm at St. John Fine Arts School, 15 - 12th Street NW (on Kensington Road east of 14th Street).

http://www.cssd.ab.ca/default.asp?V_ITEM_ID=1163
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Postby newsposter » Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:04 pm

Story in OpenFile

Closure of Hillhurst school would be counter to Calgary's push for vibrant inner city, says parent

- a parent has gathered 150 signatures in the Hillhurst community
- also a video of kids demonstrating to keep their school in Kensington

Posted by Zoey Duncan on Tuesday, February 7, 2012

http://calgary.openfile.ca/blog/curator ... h-vibrant-
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Postby newsposter » Wed Feb 08, 2012 3:09 pm

Elementary students protest against plan to relocate classes
By Sean Myers, Calgary Herald, February 8, 2012

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Elementary ... z1lpZ72S5w


Students protest proposed closure of inner city Calgary school
By Katie Schneider, Calgary Sun, February 8, 2012.
Includes video

Read more:
http://www.calgarysun.com/2012/02/07/st ... ary-school
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Postby newsposter » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:13 pm

Going, going, gone

Linda Pap, Calgary
Letter to the editor, Calgary Herald
Saturday, February 11, 2012

Re: "Elementary students protest against plan to relocate classes," Feb. 8.
It was inspirational to see children protesting over the possible closure of a school they love. I felt like joining them. Fifty years ago, I went to St. John's and now my grand-daughter attends this small close-knit school.
Kensington is a perfect fit for the fine arts school. It is in an eclectic older area. It's sad; however, I am sure St. John's will be another older building in Calgary that will be gone to make way for progress.

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Great school
Janice Kyllo, Calgary
Letter to the editor, Calgary Herald
Monday, February 13, 2012

Re: "Elementary students protest against plan to relocate classes," Feb. 8.

I am the mother of two girls who attended St. John Fine Arts School in the 1990s. We lived in the relatively far south community of Sundance; however, for more than five years, my girls took the bus twice a day to the school. Both my girls, now in their 20s, have told me that the years they spent at St. John were the best of their schooling. It was a very special school then, and I would hope it has continued to be.

Fifteen years ago, it could be an hour to an hour-and-a-half bus ride twice a day (not ideal, but my girls loved this school so much, they were willing to take it) and, while I certainly sympathize with the north parents, decentralizing the school's location essentially prohibits south students from attending. What would be ideal is if there could be a south location and a north location. I am certain if the word were spread about what a wonderful program this school has to offer, there would be more than enough students wanting to attend.

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Chelsey says 'save my school'
By Chelsey Vosburgh, letter to the editor, Calgary Herald
February 17, 2012

Re: "Elementary students protest against plan to relocate classes," Feb. 8.

I am a Grade 4 student of St. John Fine Arts School. I would hate to see it close. It's been around for almost 100 years. My grandma went to St. John and she would hate to see her old school close down.

I love St. John because it is a small school.

I like having a small school because you have a good idea who everyone is. I think it's cool how it's been around so long. I also love my teachers and I hope they don't change. And I don't mind how long the bus ride is.

Chelsey Vosburgh, Calgary
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Postby newsposter » Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:13 pm

The Catholic board has voted to close historic St. John school and move the arts program to Dalhousie....

CCSD news release: http://www.cssd.ab.ca/default.asp?V_ITEM_ID=1974

Catholic board votes to shutter schools and close programs
By Richard Cuthbertson, Calgary HeraldMarch 15, 2012

... The potential closure of St. John has split some parents. Few students live within walking distance, with most of the school body living deeper in the northwest. Moving the arts program to Dalhousie will help curtail bus transportation times for many students. There was also a view that if the program is to expand, it will need more space beyond the 200-student capacity at St. John. But some have lamented the pending closure of the brick schoolhouse in Kensington. A handful of students recently held a lunchtime protest in front of the school.

Even some on the Catholic board who voted in favour of closing St. John said they were sorry to see an end of student life at the 1916 building. “It’s with a bit of heartbreak that I see it being a victim of demographics, because that’s the fight of what is now referred to as inner-core schools,” trustee Lois Burke-Gaffney said.

It’s not yet decided what will happen to the building when St. John closes...

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calga ... z1qFyqfDCI
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Postby newsposter » Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:29 pm

Calgary-raised superstar musician Leslie Feist fears for future of alma mater

St. John Fine Arts School students moving, while school district debates future of 1916 schoolhouse

By Richard Cuthbertson, Calgary Herald

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainm ... z1q3yirYnY
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Postby newsposter » Tue Apr 02, 2013 10:18 am

Good news for the old St. John's School. :D

Kensington brick school house saved from wrecker’s ball
Catholic board to use St. John as immigrant reception centre
By Richard Cuthbertson, Calgary Herald April 2, 2013 6:19 AM

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/calga ... z2PKLLGAfp
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