The Glengarry News

Schools

Not amused

publisher Oct 25, 2016 - 3:08pm

The Upper Canada District School Board has scolded organizers of a Save Our Schools demonstration Tuesday at Glengarry District High School.

Superintendent of Schools Tim Mills issued the following statement:

"Our first priority for our students in the Upper Canada District School Board is to attend to their safety and well-being when they are left in our care during the course of the school day. Given our obligation to supervise and care for students when they are at school, we were very concerned by the staging of an unauthorized activity by some of our students today at Glengarry District High School.

It is understood that our students and members of the local community have strong views about the value of GDHS as a special place for learning and growing our next generation. At the same time, it is essential that the school can fully discharge legal obligations that it owes to students for their care throughout the entire school day.  

With this in mind, staff at the school cannot condone the actions that students followed that interrupted the school day and interfered with the staff’s legal obligation to supervise students and maintain the schedule that defines a regular school day. 

We want our students to be actively involved in any matter of local interest and we will always ensure that we draw their attention to the means and opportunities for lending their voice and ideas to the topics. By doing so, we ensure that the message – and not the method – is the focus for public attention. We want our students to understand that we are here to support them in their efforts to become engaged and involved in a wide range of matters. We also require our students to respect limitations in which schools can appropriately support their approach to how they share their thinking and their voice.  

With this in mind, it is worth reminding our students and the general public that they can share their thoughts and opinions by completing the online Building for the Future survey, attending public meetings scheduled at various locations throughout our district, or by e-mail at buildingforthefuture@ucdsb.on.ca

We are both concerned and disappointed that GDHS students who organized today's event disregarded requests by the school's administration to use other opportunities to share their concerns about the pending accommodation review process. In no manner can we accept others advocating that students – some as young as 12 years of age – are properly cared for by walking out of their school rather than being in class. Our staff will continue to bring to the attention of our students the appropriate channels available to express their views so that we can maintain a balance between the interests of our students and our obligation to safely operate the school and supervise pupils."

Farmers back Save Our Schools

publisher Oct 21, 2016 - 3:55pm

Right to left, Tony Vogel, Martin Lang, (both from Williamstown), Paul Vogel (Apple Hill) and Rob McDonald (North Lancaster) are Glengarry producers, parents and members of the Glengarry Federation of Agriculture, who brought their tractors to a rally in Cornwall Friday protesting UCDSB's proposal to close Char-Lan and Glengarry District high schools, among others. They say the local farming community will suffer if Glengarry rural schools close because they rely on students to help with farm work. If students are being bused to city schools they won't be there when their farm families need their help. Read more in our October 26 edition.

Motion to halt closures defeated

publisher Oct 13, 2016 - 4:02pm

A bid to halt a school closure plan by the Upper Canada District School Board was defeated by a vote of 8-3 Wednesday.
Wendy MacPherson, John McAllister and Lisa Swan supported the resolution. Caroll Carkner, Jeremy Armer, Donald Cram, Peter Garrow, William MacPherson, David McDonald, Jeff McMillan and Susan Richards voted to continue with the “Building for the Future Pupil Accommodation Review.”

SOS

publisher Oct 11, 2016 - 12:44pm

Geneviève Malouin-Diraddo, a member of the Glengarry District High School steering committee, sports a “Glengarry SOS -- Save Our Schools” T-shirt. The group will join a rally opposing school closures at 9 a.m. Friday at Bridgewood Public School in Cornwall.

MPP Grant Crack sent a letter to GDHS school council, saying, “I don’t want this school to close.” He added the Glengarry community needs to work together to find “a local solution” that “ensures our schools have enough students to offer a full range of programming and a vibrant learning environment.” The Liberal MPP pledged: "You can count on my support as I am very committed to doing my part."

True to their school

publisher Oct 6, 2016 - 2:08pm

Parent Connie Hurtubise of Alexandria voices her concerns about the proposed school closure at a public meeting Wednesday night at Glengarry District High School. About 85 parents, students and community supporters attended the two-hour session. Char-Lan District High School will be the site of another meeting tonight (Oct. 6) at 7 p.m. in the high school canteen.