For any who may not know, Nesbitt School is an elementary school in Rosemount, Montreal, that the EMSB has put up for consultation on its potential closure. Nesbitt today remains a large school with an active and vocal parent community. One of the reasons for putting Nesbitt out for consultation is the belief that it is not a community school. The community is not impressed.
Over 100 years ago, my Grandmother attended Nesbitt School. My Great-Grandparents bought land from the Molson family across the field from Nesbitt and built a house – a house that still stands today and that still has my family members living in it.
My Mother attended Nesbitt School in the 1940’s and 50’s. I attended Nesbitt School in the 1970’s. And next year, a young cousin is enrolled and looking forward to his Kindergarten year at the same school his Great-Great-Granddad went to.
The house my family owns is no longer a field away. It is three blocks away. Our little K guy’s Mum was happy to know that he would travel that same route walking through a lane or two and attend the same school that she and her two brothers attended in the 80’s and 90’s.
What is a community school if it is not a school that has served its community for over 100 years, and continues to serve it today?
Is it any wonder that school boards all over continue to lose the trust of their communities?