In the days following the announcement that the current school year at Queen of Angels Academy would be its last, former students began mobilizing, looking for ways to keep the venerable all-girls high school open.
Last Thursday, the school's board of directors announced the school on Bouchard Blvd. in Dorval would close for good in June, with declining enrolment cited as the main reason.
One alumnus, Lisa Ellis, has come up with an online petition, urging the board of directors to step aside, so that someone else can take over.
"In their press release, [the board of directors] made it clear that they made it clear that they had tried everything and that they were committed to the school and the community," she writes. "If this were true, then why did they never consult staff or the community...wait to inform the community only DAYS before the bank recalled a loan...[and] make their positions so untouchable that they cannot be voted out or forced to step aside in favour of new blood?
"What the board HAS done is FAIL the community."
As of 11 a.m. Thursday, the petition has garnered 1,100 signatures. Its goal is 5,000.