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There were many comments that highlighted the connection between rural schools and the health of the local economy. It was made clear that without rural schools, rural industry would struggle to attract workers, and that existing families would be unable to stay in a community without a strong rural school.
Many contributors felt that a community cannot thrive without schools because a community cannot thrive without young families. In particular, it was expressed that there is a mutual benefit for a school to be connected to local businesses, as the school community generates customers for local business owners and, in turn, the school gets support from local business owners.
Several people talked about the rising housing costs in rural areas and the impact of rural schools on property values.
There was also a comment about the importance of rural schools for students completing a dual credit program for first and second year post-secondary studies without leaving the community. This helps save tuition and housing costs in those years.