Petite Riviere School wins major national prize

by Charles Mandel

Petite Riviere Elementary has won a $20,000 tech shopping spree from Staples and Earth Day Canada. The school is one of 10 winners in the national Superpower Your School contest.

Petite Riviere was chosen from more than 740 applications for its outstanding sustainability efforts and environmental initiatives.

On April 11, the school will hold a special school assembly to celebrate the win, which includes national recognition and a shopping spree of $20,000 in new technology from Staples Canada.

In February, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia rebuffed the South Shore Regional School Board's (SSRSB) 2017 motion to close Petite Riviere School.

The Honourable Justice Christa M. Brothers declared the SSRSB's motion a "violation of the procedural duty of fairness."

Brothers rendered the decision in the judicial review that pitted Stacey Godsoe and the Greater Petite Area Community Association against the South Shore Regional School Board and the Attorney General of Nova Scotia.

Godsoe and a number of community members had been fighting to keep the school open following the board's decision to close it.

"While courts in our province have been loath to interfere with a Board's decision to close a school, this is a unique situation where the Board itself did not afford a school community the procedural fairness required. Furthermore, the Board's confusion and lack of clarity produced unreasonable interpretations," Brothers wrote in her decision.

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