Transition teams being put in place to oversee approved school closures and consolidations

SDG — Transition planning is steaming ahead for schools approved for closure and consolidation by the Upper Canada District School Board last month — everything from special commemorative events to the detailed logistics of shifting hundreds of students to new schools.

The board has approved the “transition team” committee structure that’s set to begin work next week, according to a press release issued by the board.

As outlined by superintendents at the trustees’ April 12 meeting in Brockville, a “district wide” team will oversee operational and program needs such as the shifting of physical assets and records, and the coordination of student transportation.

Five “school-based” transition will handle issues ranging from recognition events to student transition activities at schools slated to close and the respective schools slated to take those students — at Rothwell-Osnabruck School (Grades 7-12)/Tagwi Secondary School, S. J McLeod Public School/Williamstown Public School and Benson Public School/South Edwardsburg Public School.

Trustees will be updated on the teams’ progress by the end of the school year.

The board is moving ahead even as Rothwell-Osnabruck School supporters have renewed their lobbying effort to prevent the removal of high school grades from that Ingleside institution.

Beyond the UCDSB, hundreds of schools across Ontario are on the chopping block as the government squeezes the operations budgets of the province’s school boards. The Ontario Alliance Against School Closures plans another rally at Queen’s Park on April 26.

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