Motion to rescind support for previously approved staff report on agenda for tonight’s UCDSB meeting

Seaway District High School has supporters who are rallying to prevent its proposed closure. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

BROCKVILLE — The Upper Canada District School Board will consider a motion tonight that would rescind the board’s Sept. 28 approval for a staff report that has triggered a public process to consider the closure of as many as 16 schools in the region at the end of the current school year.

Wendy MacPherson, trustee for Stormont and Glengarry counties, and Gananoque-area trustee John McAllister are on the agenda with a motion to that effect.

Trustee John McAllister.

Trustee John McAllister

Trustee Wendy MacPherson.

Trustee Wendy MacPherson

According to the online agenda, the motion by McAllister and seconded by MacPherson reads:

“I, John McAllister wish to rescind the motion that was adopted on September 28, 2016 in agenda item 7.02 which reads as follows:

 That the Upper Canada District School Board approve the draft recommendations presented in the Building for the Future Initial Staff Report and initiate the Building for the Future Pupil Accommodation Review.”

Nation Valley News put calls in to both MacPherson and McAllister regarding their motion — the second scheduled “action item” on tonight’s agenda in Brockville.

Responding early this afternoon, McAllister — a former reeve of Iroquois who taught at Seaway District High School for 32 years — said it would be “unfair” to his colleagues on the board if he commented on the motion before it’s addressed at tonight’s meeting.

Update: McAllister’s motion was defeated 8-3 at the board meeting.

This article has been edited as information arrives.



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