Advocates push for huge turnout at final meeting on South Dundas school closures; Jan. 31 in Iroquois

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

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

‘On Feb. 1st, it’s too late to find out how the meeting went,’ campaign says

IROQUOIS – It’s lights, camera, action for supporters of Morrisburg Public School and Seaway District High School tomorrow evening, Jan. 31 at the Iroquois-based secondary school.

The final Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) session pondering the future of both South Dundas schools offers advocates one more chance to argue against their proposed closure in front of a parental panel with little to no say in the final outcome. However, some of the actual decision-making superintendents and trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board are likely to be on hand in the Seaway audience that evening — or possibly watching from a distance via the event’s live-streaming video feed.

An organized lobby against the shutdown of Seaway is calling for as large a turnout as possible, recently pushing out a video on social media to raise awareness about filling the gymnasium at the 6:30 p.m. meeting. (See below).

The pro-Seaway lobby has also leveraged video technology in the person of Ross Video CEO David Ross, who has added his voice to those calling for a big crowd that evening. Ross has also threatened to call off a planned expansion at his $200-million-a-year Iroquois manufacturing facility should UCDSB trustees vote March 23 to close Seaway and shift those high schoolers to Prescott.

Among the presenters will be the Municipality of South Dundas whose representatives will again respond to the UCDSB’s controversial closure recommendations first released in September. The municipality’s counter proposals “will be presented in the hopes of keeping the municipality’s one and only high school, Seaway District High School, open,” the municipality says in press release issued today.

In Morrisburg, organizers trying to preserve the village’s public elementary school have arranged for a free bus to the Iroquois meeting. It disembarks at 5:45 p.m.

Seaway alumni urge the public’s attendance at the Jan. 31 ARC meeting in this recently released YouTube video, above.

 


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