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Upper Canada District School Board moves ahead with school-closure studies

BROCKVILLE – A controversial plan to close 29 regional public schools will proceed to the public consultation stage, the board of trustees voted Wednesday.

Trustees approved a report by senior staff members at the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) outlining several school closure recommendations throughout the region – with several schools in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry in the mix.

The board’s approval initiates a six-month accommodation review process, which will include a series of public meetings with parents, municipal and community partners, and other stakeholders.

“This is not about chopping schools and hurting communities,” said Jeff McMillan, chair of the board.

“We are exploring the possibility of closing schools, consolidating schools, and building new schools,” he said, adding schools in the board’s jurisdiction have experienced a significant drop in enrolment and an increase in underutilized space at existing schools.

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