Nursery school meeting to discuss move

When Alexander MacKenzie School closes in 2004, the Fort Frances Nursery School will have no place to go.
A public meeting slated tonight at 7 p.m. at Alexander MacKenzie will offer the chance for parents and community members to discuss whether they want to raise money to build a room in the planned expansion of J.W. Walker School.
“We’re planning it to see if people are interested in doing fundraising,”
Laurel Basaraba, supervisor of the Fort Frances Nursery School, said yesterday.
The nursery school would have to raise an estimated $150,000 if it wants to have a room included in the planned expansion of J.W. Walker.
“We need to know if parents want to do that. We have to let the board of education know next week if we are interested,” Basaraba noted.
Fort Frances Nursery School offers children aged two-five a learning environment to develop socially and mentally. Children currently meet twice a week at Alexander MacKenzie to learn and prepare for school.
“With the school closing, we don’t have a back-up plan. If we didn’t get on board now, we can’t get on board with Walker later,” Basaraba said.
She added the idea of having the nursery school in the expanded school is appealing, especially for those children who would be continuing on there the following year.
“When they start, they would already be familiar with the building and the teachers,” she reasoned.
Parents of young children and newborns, and anyone else interested in discussing the issue, is urged to attend tonight’s meeting and offer suggestions.
Those unable to attend can call 274-5653 for more information.

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