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This happened for the last time on Thursday

Saturday, May 24, 2014   by: Michael Purvis

Students at St. John Catholic school gathered outside for a year-end photo for one last time on Thursday.

The ageing 60-year-old building will close at the end of the school year due to low enrolment, with students moving to Our Lady of Lourdes in the fall.

St. John’s principal, Roseanne Lamon, said the photo shoot was an emotional one for staff, students and parents.

Students have been involved in transition activities with their counterparts at Our Lady of Lourdes throughout the year.

"Kids are adaptable. They'll do fine. Parents, I think, have a harder tie letting go," said Lamon.

Lamon herself will retire at the end of the year, marking the end of a teaching career that began in 1976 at St. John.

She has been principal at the Churchill Avenue school for the last three years.

"I started here and ended here. This was always home to me," Lamon said.

Previous students and staff are invited to say farewell during a come and co scheduled for June 5th from 5-8 p.m.

(PHOTOS: Students pose for a school photo outside St. John Catholic school on Thursday. Purvis)

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Jack Ford 5/24/2014 11:23:02 AM Report

What is happening in this town? All of these school closures and the buildings are sitting empty. Something or someone needs to put together an action plan to get these buildings back into use.

I also can't help but notice that the combined salary of the people making these decisions is just short of the budget needed to keep these schools open.

sportsman 5/24/2014 11:44:06 AM Report

Jack As fast as they empty they build new ones figure that.more schools less kids. And by the way four school boards.
saultbie25 5/24/2014 11:46:02 AM Report

How about turn the schools into apartments for low income families, have a huge garden in the yards that tenants care for so they can have affordable healthy food.

Turn them into community centers

Sell them to non-profit organizations

Use them for good use not letting them sit there and rot, tear them down, sell the property and there can be room for more housing options, commercial use or as access centers, parks, recreational fields.
superior87 5/24/2014 12:15:20 PM Report

saultbie25, all good in theory but there are tons of empty buildings that need to be sold, not counting schools whatsoever. And then you have zoning issues because these schools aren't located in business areas by and large. Then if you want to turn them into apartments - who is going to do that? Who is going to pay? That's not a simple thing to just do.

It's just the reality of declining enrollment. Will take awhile to sort out what to do. Many schools have been repurposed thus far.
asp 5/24/2014 12:15:48 PM Report

Jack Ford is so right !!
ThinkAgain 5/24/2014 12:34:53 PM Report

Too many school boards, not enough children. Too many empty schools sit empty.
I personal do not know why we can't merge the school boards and have 1 efficient school system. Seems like our faithful government - corrupt and to many they are there for personal financial gain at the taxpayers expense.

But I also agree with all other posts
sunshine/lollipops 5/24/2014 12:55:46 PM Report

Maybe families could afford to have more children to fill these schools if the government wasn't sucking the money out of us like they are. Not like 40 years ago when most families had 4 or 5 kids compared to the one child families we have today.
sportsman 5/24/2014 1:18:30 PM Report

Im a R.C.I support the system my kids went there now go to church its mostly old people.
I'm In 5/24/2014 1:51:25 PM Report

sunshine/lollipops your right on, vote for HUDAK he will close more schools by making school boards accountable for the tax money they receive from the province.
MonsterLincolin 5/24/2014 2:16:32 PM Report

I went to St Johns from grade 3 till 8 myself.Must be from mid to late 70`s early 80`s. I remember the principal back then was Mr Mask. He was an awsome teacher and principal. I remember Mrs Lamon from back then also. Dont we sometimes wish we can relive our youth....hahahaha
Ms Punch, Mr Mask, Mr Nichols were all great teachers.
wife 5/24/2014 2:51:39 PM Report

The City population is getting old. There are more white and bald heads then people with colour in their hair.
What they should be doing is building affordable senior units that do not cost an arm and leg to rent. Most senior units are so small a person gets claustrofobia living in them and they cost 30% of your income. and the taxpayer picks up the rest.
wife 5/24/2014 2:54:48 PM Report

I think people are not having large families because they discovered BIRTH CONTROL. Even Catholics use it.
thera 5/24/2014 4:05:05 PM Report


Not to mention, the world is overpopulated as it is. We are running out of natural resources to place and house all of these people and you want us to make more of them? I believe it should be social obligation to only have enough children to replace the adults. People need to stop breeding like rabbits.
yomamaissofat 5/25/2014 9:34:39 AM Report

thera...where do you come from??? I don't believe we are suffering from over-population here in the Sault?!?!? That darn internet!!! People from third-world countries are now posting on Sootoday! It gets confusing!!!
How about euthanasia for those families that have too many children?!? From the sound of it, I'm pretty sure you're all for it!!!
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