"A safety concern" at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute forced a temporary lockdown at the high school this morning. Students have returned to the school after the Ontario Provincial Police requested that buses be redirected to Pleasant Corners Public School.
At 8:35 a.m., police informed administrators with the Upper Canada District School Board that it was safe for staff and students to return to VCI.
Counselling has been made available at the school for staff and students who may require support.
Speak up to save your schools.
MPP Jim McDonell encourages all residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry to visit the Upper Canada District School Board's accommodation review page at www.ucdsb.on.ca/programs/accomodationreview and click through to the online survey to provide their feedback on the proposed closure of many schools in our area.
"Community and school groups have raised their voices throughout the riding on the issue and every resident can contribute their voice to the conversation and show the broad concern throughout the community," he commented. "Completing the online survey will give the Board a tangible measure of the scale of local involvement in discussing the planned closures. Without sufficient responses, the Ministry of Education may conclude that the community is not interested or concerned about the plan – this can’t be the message we send."
The survey, which closes February 1, is accessible at www.ucdsb.on.ca/programs/accomodationreview
Monday Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at General Vanier, 1500 Cumberland St., Cornwall, is the final public Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) meeting to discuss the proposed closure of Glengarry District High School.
The Glengarry SOS committee "can't overstate the importance of a strong GDHS presence at this meeting. If there is one public event to go to, this is the one. We'd ask you to wear red Gaels colours, or red Gaels clothing. Doors open at 6!"
Glengarry SOS is providing busing from the Glengarry Sports Palace parking lot, free of charge. Buses will leave at 5. For more information, or to reserve a spot on one of the buses, please contact a committee member:
Alyson Graham (email@example.com)
Natasha Boucher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mandy Duval (email@example.com)
Dean MacGillivray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Krissi Pacaud (email@example.com)
Glengarry High School students, speak to Marshall Wilson.
You can also register for a spot on the bus on our website, www.glengarrysos.ca
Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter (centre) meets Upper Canada District School Board trustee Wendy MacPherson and her daughter, Morgan, during a tour of Glengarry District High School in Alexandria Tuesday. The minister also visited Char-Lan District High School in Williamstown and schools in Long Sault and Cornwall.
The ‘Save Char-Lan’ Committee and its supporters are taking their fight to Queen’s Park on November 21.
Representatives from the committee announced at Monday night’s regular South Glengarry council meeting that chartered buses from the area will be heading to a rally on the steps of the provincial legislature, sponsored by the Ontario Alliance Against School Closures (OAASC), on that date.
A number of groups, local and province-wide, are planning to participate in the demonstration, including CUPE and the Campaign for Public Education.
“This isn’t a rally anymore. It’s a movement…and Glengarry will be heavily-represented,” said committee member Heather Petrie.
“We have secured Jim McDonell, our (Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry) MPP to speak at the event, as well as Shawn McRae and Martin Lang from the Glengarry Federation of Agriculture.”
Mrs. Petrie added that parents and students representing other schools in the area are “perhaps going to consolidate and join forces…so that we can fill as many buses as we can and go to Queen’s Park and make some noise.”
After hearing that it will cost about $4,000 to rent one coach bus for the Toronto trip, South Glengarry council passed a resolution – introduced by deputy-mayor Frank Prevost – allocating up to $10,000 to the ‘Save Char-Lan’ Committee to help defray campaign-related costs. Mayor Ian McLeod explained that the funds will be dispersed “at the discretion” of township CAO Bryan Brown.
Particulars about the Toronto rally – which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on November 21 – including departure time, will be posted soon on the ‘Save Char-Lan’ Facebook page and Twitter feed.
More information is also available via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
– By Scott Carmichael, News Staff
Today's SD&G senior girls soccer championship final at GDHS in Alexandria opened with the athletes holding a protest of threatened school closures. Please click here for a video.
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.
Read how Char-Lan students got a slap on the wrist for last Friday's demonstration.