Up to 70 parents signed letters on Wednesday night rejecting an option which would mean an end to the current Dickson Plan of education.
The letters, opposing the education board’s Option A proposal, were signed at a meeting called by the Killicomaine Area Concerned Parents’ Group (KACPG).
The group represents Bocombra, Seagoe and Edenderry primary schools and Killicomaine JHS.
The letters will be sent to the principals of the schools, with the exception of Bocombra which has already stated its opposition to Option A, asking them to reflect their views in any meetings with the education board.
The speakers at Wednesday’s meeting, which was described as “positive and productive”, were parent Nola Speers, former Portadown College principal Harry Armstrong, principal of Bocombra PS Mark Vallelly and a Portadown College pupil.
Mr Armstrong, who was deputy to Jack Dickson, author of the Dickson Plan, said Option A would lose the essence of the plan, namely delayed academic selection at 14 and the retention of a separate grammar school.
Bocombra principal Mark Vallelly told the audience he was “privileged” to be asked to speak at the meeting. He said, “For us as a school there are two main considerations - children’s welfare and their future success.
“The meeting was not just about rejecting Option A but also providing answers to some difficult problems and I was very impressed at how parents were coming up with ideas.”
He added, “Parents are not clear about why the financial aspect is dictating these changes and answers need to be given to that. Craigavon Senior High does have financial difficulties and both it and Portadown College need to be fully resourced and the children given equal opportunities.”
Nicole Lappin, a parent co-ordinator, said she had been approached at the meeting by four or five parents from the Clounagh area with a view to setting up a group for Clounagh, Millington and Hart parents.
She added, “People were also asking about groups for the Richmount, Birches and Richhill schools.
“I asked for representatives from each school to sit on the committees and people were more than wiling to come forward.”
A group of Portadown College pupils are also making posters, car stickers and wristbands in support of the campaign.
Meanwhile, in Tandragee, parents have formed a group and will be holding a meeting at Tandragee Golf Club on October 9 at 7.30.