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
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.”