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.”
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."
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.
Here is the link where you can see the Upper Canada District School Board report that recommends the closure of five public schools in Glengarry.
Upper Canada District School Board schools will not be affected by a strike Monday, director Charlotte Patterson has said.
The board “is not the subject of job action recently announced by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and, as such, all of our high schools will remain open. Seven boards across Ontario, including our neighbouring public board in Ottawa, are subject to potential OSSTF job action,” she said in a statement.