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Voters say no to separate school in Athabasca

Two-thirds of eligible voters were against bringing a separate school to town
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St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church in Athabasca was the polling place for local Catholics to cast their votes for or against the establishment of a separate school division in Athabasca June 24. File

Nearly 200 eligible Catholics made up their minds June 24, and there will be no separate school division established in Athabasca.

Alberta Education oversaw the vote and released the results that night showing 131 votes against, and 63 votes for the establishment of a separate school division in Athabasca.

A release from Aspen View Public Schools soon after the results were released thanked those who came out to vote. Aspen View made its stand clear throughout the process that it was against bringing another school division into the area and urged those who were eligible to vote, to vote against.

"Aspen View Public Schools sincerely thanks the many members of the Athabasca community who helped us spread our message that ‘We’re Better … Together’. We are so very grateful for your support of Aspen View, your support of public education, and your support of the dedicated administration and staff and each of our schools who remain committed to providing the highest quality of education to all students, of all races, faiths, languages, and educational needs," read a statement on the school division's website that night.

"Aspen View remains open to building dialogue with the Catholic community and others, to explore creative and innovative ways to support the academic, emotional, psychological and spiritual development of all students within unified and cooperative school environments."

See the June 30 edition of Town and Country This Week for more.