De­ci­sion time

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

The fate of five Glen­garry English-lan­guage pub­lic schools ought to be known within the next two months.

At a Fe­bru­ary 15 meet­ing, the Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board will re­ceive a fi­nal staff re­port on its school clo­sure plan.

The board will re­ceive del­e­ga­tions at a spe­cial meet­ing March 2 at its head of­fice in Brockville.

Clar­i­fi­ca­tion on how in­ter­ested par­ties can re­quest to present as a del­e­ga­tion at this ses­sion will be pro­vided at a later date.

The fi­nal staff re­port will con­tain rec­om­men­da­tions that will be de­lib­er­ated by trustees March 23.

The fi­nal re­port will in­clude in­put from ac­com­mo­da­tion review com­mit­tees (ARCs) which have been con­sult­ing com­mu­ni­ties since the Septem­ber de­ci­sion to pro­ceed with

school con­sol­i­da­tion.

In Glen­garry, schools con­sid­ered for clo­sure are the high schools in Alexan­dria and Wil­liamstown, and the el­e­men­tary schools in Maxville, Wil­liamstown and Bainsville.

The next meet­ing of the ARC deal­ing with the Glen­garry schools will be held Mon­day, Jan­uary 23, at 1500 Cum­ber­land St., Corn­wall at 6:30 p.m. Doors open to the pub­lic at 6 p.m.

In­for­ma­tion is be­ing re­ceived by the ARCs through the

Build­ing for the Fu­ture on-line sur­vey, email ad­dress and through pub­lic meet­ings. More in­for­ma­tion on how to sub­mit feed­back can be found at www.ucdsb.on.ca.

The board cur­rently has more than 9,800 sur­plus pupil spa­ces, which are no longer di­rectly funded by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The board cal­cu­lates that through­out its sys­tem, there are 36,084 pupil spa­ces. In 2015-16, to­tal el­e­men­tary and sec­ondary en­rol­ment was 26,250.

If these ex­cess spa­ces are not re­duced, the board will be re­quired to di­rect re­sources cur­rently de­voted to school pro-

grams and other pri­or­i­ties to op­er­ate and sup­port these sur­plus spa­ces.

“From our May 2016 sys­temwide Pro­gram Review find­ings we know that bring­ing stu­dents to­gether can re­duce the need for split grades in one class­room and im­prove ac­cess to a greater num­ber of staff to serve stu­dents by co-lo­cat­ing these re­sources within fewer sites,” the board says. “Bring­ing more stu­dents to­gether through the con­sol­i­da­tion of space fur­thers the board's ef­forts to seek ad­di­tional fund­ing from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and sup­ports cap­i­tal up­grades to schools in­clud­ing the re­build of school fa­cil­i­ties.”

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