Parents, teachers and support staff lined Dundas Street Monday protesting what some fear could be the closure of Sagonaska Demonstration School in Belleville.
On February 18, the Ministry of Education cancelled all applications to the school for students with special needs. It currently serves about 40 students.
Sagonaska Parent Council Chair Leslie Lehman, said some families put $5,000 to $6,000 into the application process.
President Daryl O’Grady of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, local 456 agreed the process should have taken place at the beginning of the school year.
Sagonaska has been open since 1979 and O’Grady said if the school closes it will also put 150 people out of work.
Minister Sandals is expected in Belleville on Wednesday afternoon to meet with groups at the school along with a media event at the Travel Lodge.