Trustees introduce motion to reject school closure plan

Nick Seebruch
Trustees introduce motion to reject school closure plan

CORNWALL, Ontario – Upper Canada District School Board Trustee John McAllister introduced a motion to rescind the board’s decision to accept the staff report that proposed that 12 schools be closed by July 2017. The motion was seconded by Wendy MacPherson.

The motion will be considered by the board at their meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

If passed by the board, it could put a stop to the proposed school closure plan.

The vote that accepted the recommendations of staff to close 12 schools by the end of this school year was passed 8-2.

There has been an outcry against the Board’s plan from all schools affected.

Politicians including South Stormont Mayor Jim Bancroft, South Glengarry Mayor Ian McLeod, MPP Jim McDonell, and SD&G Warden Jamie MacDonald are just some who have come out against this plan.

If the plan were enacted it would see rural schools close and students sent to schools in cities like Cornwall.

The School Board’s plan as it stands now would cost $4 million including the cost of busing students to schools further from their homes.

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