The push-back is well underway in Williamstown.
“It’s clear we have a very tight timeline to save our school,” said Sally Phypers, chair of the hastily formed Save Char-Lan Committee, addressing several hundred parents and concerned residents who gathered in the cafeteria, the first-large scale meeting since the school was identified for a possible closure.
“Last week we had a bombshell dropped on us . . . this meeting is really the starting point, (and) we need to work together to have the best plan possible, (to make sure the Upper Canada District School Board) hears our voice.”
Already, the fact there was a movement in the village was evident, with SAVE CHAR-LAN D.H.S. yard signs lining the streets and appearing along roads in the outlying area.
Inside, emotions ran high at times. One of the speakers, UCDSB trustee Wendy MacPherson, who represents Glengarry and Stormont counties, said she voted against the recommendations that became public last week and that “it’s difficult to understand how our rural school board can do this to rural schools.”
Added MacPherson: “I believe we can change (Accomodation Review Committee) minds.”