The following release if from the Upper Canada District School Board concerning the final staff report of
Building for the Future Pupil Accommodation Review which was received by Trustees on Wednesday. The report recommended the closure of 12 schools, 7 of which are in Leeds-Grenville. No other schools in our listening area are affected.
The Upper Canada District School Board of Trustees received the final set of recommendations contained in the Final Staff Report of the Building for the Future Pupil Accommodation Review on February 15, 2017. This public meeting was hosted at North Grenville District High School and was livestreamed in accordance with standard practice at all Board Meetings.
The Building for the Future Pupil Accommodation Review began with a draft Initial Staff Report presented to school board trustees in September 2016. This updated Final Staff Report presents the final recommendations to the Board of Trustees and will be voted upon by the Trustees at a Special Board Meeting to take place on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at North Grenville District High School.
“We are thankful to the public for the feedback received throughout this process. We would also like to thank the Accommodation Review Committees and staff of the Upper Canada District School Board who worked tirelessly to draft this final report after two rounds of public consultations and over 6600 survey responses. This report shows that the public’s voice was heard about how to improve our school system,” said Chair Jeff McMillan. “We are committed to hosting one further public meeting on March 2, 2017 (and an additional delegation meeting on March 1, if required) to seek public input on these final recommendations and enable us to make decisions that will allow us to best serve our students in a sustainable way. I want to stress that no decisions have been made at this point and this report is only a recommendation. The final decision now rests with the Board of Trustees on March 23rd.”
“The input received through the ARC process has allowed us to better understand the views of parents and community members regarding how our school district should be serving students given the revenue that our school board receives from the province of Ontario. I would like to extend my thanks to all of the members of the ARC committees, those who shared their views with us, and the staff who worked diligently to ensure that the final recommendations reflect the voices of the public,” added Director of Education Stephen Sliwa.
The Board will make final decisions about its accommodation review on March 23, 2017 at a Special Board Meeting scheduled at North Grenville District High School, which will be open to the public and will also be livestreamed for viewing.
The Upper Canada District School Board has been continually updating its Building for the Future web page to keep our communities informed throughout the accommodation review process. This web page has been updated to reflect the Final Staff Report and provides information about the process, the delegation application form, information on schools identified within the report, and more. This page also includes previous reports to the Board and feedback received from the public.
The Special Board Meeting for Delegations will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2017 (and an additional delegation meeting on March 1, if required) at:
North Grenville District High School
2605 Concession Road
Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
***Please note that doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for the event listed above.
In the event of inclement weather, an alternate meeting date will be posted on the UCDSB website, school and Board Facebook pages.
The meeting will also be livestreamed by the Board on the UCTV network here.
Members of the public who wish to make a presentation at this public meeting should review the Guide for Delegations, noting the process and timelines for receiving requests. This information can be found here.