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The news about Riverdale has hit hard

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News of Riverdale High School’s coming transfer over to Marguerite-Bourgeoys school board hit anglophone West Islanders right in the stomach this week.

Over the past few days, I have had many conversations with parents, students and educators about this topic. It seems to be all any parent on the West Island is talking about.

As the mother of a student at another English public high school on the West Island and the aunt of two students who attend Riverdale, I am fully aware that some English schools are on the chopping block. Which schools have been hardest hit by dwindling enrolment is an open secret. But I had confidence the system would prevent any single-handed, seemingly short-sighted and arbitrary decisions being taken, such as kicking one entire group of students out of their school without any form of public consultation. Now, that confidence has been shattered.

Those who are familiar with Riverdale High School know that its fields, gyms and other........

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