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Eastern Ontario board report recommends closing 29 schools

Twenty nine schools in small towns and rural areas of Eastern Ontario could close if trustees vote to accept the recommendations of staff at the Upper Canada District School Board.

In its Building for the Future Pupil Accommodation review, board staff recommend that 16 schools — including two high schools — close at the end of the current school year in June 2017.

They include facilities in Pakenham, Bathurst, Oxford-on-the Rideau, and Plantagenet, Ont.

The report says these students could be bused to other schools that are under capacity and there wouldn’t be any need to add portables.

The remaining 13 schools would consolidate with other schools and would require portables to accommodate the influx of new students.

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