I am writing to the Board today on behalf of the 66,000 residents of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry to express the deep concern County Council has with the draft recommendations contained within the recently released Pupil Accommodation Review study. SDG is a very large geographical area, and forms a significant part of the UCDSB catchment area.
As elected officials, we represent the interests of all our shared constituents, be they students, parents, educators, or others. We also recognize several things:
• There is a surplus of space in existing UCDSB schools;
• Provincial funding opportunities are in part based on space utilization;
• These are difficult, emotionally-charged issues;
• No decisions regarding school closures have been made – such decisions will be made in early 2017 subsequent to the completion of the public consultation process.
In that context, we are not suggesting changes do not need to be made. Rather, we are suggesting that in formulating decisions regarding school closures, the following factors must be fully considered: