Venue change for Merrickville consultation; Minister Hunter to attend

Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter

EASTERN ONTARIO — Add one more Liberal to the panel overseeing the first consultation on the future of rural education in Merrickville this Friday — Education Minister Mitzie Hunter.

The minister’s office confirmed Hunter’s attendance at the May 5 session, along with a change of venue in Merrickville. Instead of the village’s community centre, the event has been moved to larger digs — the Baldachin Inn, 111 St. Lawrence St.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

The press release from Hunter’s office says the discussion will focus on:

  • Strategies to support and improve student achievement in rural Ontario;
  • Strategies to leverage schools and school board resources for the broader benefit of rural communities; and
  • How education funding could better recognize the realities of rural Ontario.

“For rural communities to thrive, Ontario recognizes that students must be supported by high-quality education, strong local community programming, and innovative local economic strategies. The ministry is committed to working with municipalities, schools and school boards, parents and other stakeholders to explore opportunities to enhance the quality and delivery of education in rural and remote communities in Ontario.”

A panel of three members of the Liberal caucus was earlier appointed to travel the province and consult with several communities on rural education — MPPs Granville Anderson, Grant Crack, and Lou Rinaldi.

Crack’s planned presence this Friday was specially singled out in the release from the minister’s office.

This article was corrected to reflect that Crack was already part of the three-member panel.


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