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No notice for ‘public’ meeting where Peel board decided to hold off on classroom closures

The Peel District School Board held a public meeting without notification last week when trustees decided to back off on the pending closure of French and music classrooms at the elementary level.

The contentious issue, which could have seen hundreds of classrooms locked and no longer cleaned when enrolment is released this week, drew a lot of attention, including a protest from music teachers at a board meeting earlier this month.

The pending closures were rooted in the phase-out of provincial top-up funding that was used to clean classrooms deemed empty because they did not house core classes.

The meeting where trustees voted on a solution to the issue appears to have been held in secret, though Chair Janet Mcdougald disagrees.

“There was no secrecy about it,” she said of the Sept. 21 meeting.

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