MPP McDonell urges participation in school closure survey before deadline; final ARC meetings Jan. 23 and Jan. 31

MPP Jim McDonell. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CORNWALL – With the clock ticking down on the region’s chance to give online feedback about proposed school closures,  local MPP Jim McDonell urges residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry to visit the applicable Upper Canada District School Board web page  and click through to the survey.

During McDonell’s recent round of community pre-budget consultations, participants highlighted the importance of the survey in the final outcome of 29 school proposed for the closure by the board.

“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,” the MPP commented in a press release issued today. “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 closes on Feb. 1, just as the related pupil Accommodation Review Process (ARC) process winds down: The last public ARC meetings are scheduled Jan. 23 and Jan. 31, respectively concerning closures proposed in the Cornwall-Highland and Dundas County families of schools. Those final two sessions are slated to begin 6:30 p.m. at General Vanier School in Cornwall (Jan. 23) and Seaway District High School (Jan. 31).


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