North Stormont reiterates call for two-year pause on school accommodation review

Tagwi Secondary School in North Stormont. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

BERWICK — With the Upper Canada District School Board preparing to release final recommendations on a slew of school closures and consolidations this month, the Township of North Stormont has reiterated its call for a two-year pause before the board goes any further.

UCDSB trustees are expected to hold a final vote on the changes March 23. That includes the potential closure of North Stormont Public School in Berwick and the shifting of 166 students out of Tagwi Secondary School to Cornwall.

In a press release this week, the township recounts Councillor Jim Wert and Economic Development Officer Amy Martin’s Jan. 23 presentation to Accommodation Review Committee in Cornwall, where the duo called for a moratorium and pressed the point for a new rural education funding model in Ontario.

North Stormont was one of five municipalities that commissioned Doyletech Corporation to assess the local economic impact of the Building for the Future proposals released by the UCDSB in September. The consultant determined an $11-million hit to the community based on the proposed closure of NSPS and the Tagwi boundary readjustments.

The municipality urges its residents to continue filling out the survey on the UCDSB website.

See North Stormont’s presentation to the Accommodation Review Committee and check out the Township’s Economic Impact Study by Doyletech.


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