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The plan to save rural schools

CORNWALL, Ontario – A large crowd gathered at the old General Vanier school in Cornwall on Monday night to hear representatives of rural schools make their case against the school board’s plan to shut them down.

On Sept. 28, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) presented their draft Peer Accommodation Review which called for the closure of 12 schools by the end of June 2017 with more closures possible depending on funding.

Many of the schools proposed for closure are in rural communities, such as Longue Sault Public School, Char-Lan District High School, Glengarry District High School and others.

Some schools, like Rothwell-Osnabruck would be transformed into a K-6 school with students in Grade 7 and above sent outside of their rural community to CCVS or St. Lawrence Secondary School in Cornwall.

Whenever school closures are proposed the school board sets up an Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) to hear feedback from affected schools. The ARC heard presentations from nine delegations Monday night, none of whom were in support of the UCDSB draft proposal.

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