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Upper Canada District School Board to Host
Second Series of Accommodation Review Committee (ARC)
Public Meetings

January 17, 2017 (Brockville, ON) – A second round of public meetings will be held in January 2017 as part of the pupil accommodation review process in the Upper Canada District School Board, seeking input from parents and the general public regarding proposals to improve programming opportunities for students and to reduce excess pupil spaces in schools throughout the district.

The Building for the Future Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) public meetings will assist ARCs to receive feedback on the initial draft recommendations for possible school closures and consolidations which were presented in a draft Initial Staff Report presented to school board trustees in September 2016.

“This is another opportunity for us to connect with the public and let their voice be heard about how to improve our school system,” said Chair Jeff McMillan. “We are seeking public input in order to make decisions that will allow us to best serve our students in a sustainable way. I want to stress that no decisions have been made at this point and this ARC process serves as an important effort to receive as much feedback from the public as possible.”

“The input received through the ARC process will allow us to better understand the views of parents and community members regarding how our school district should be serving students given the revenue that our school board receives from the province of Ontario,” added Director of Education Stephen Sliwa.

At these public meetings, the ARCs will receive delegations from the community and staff will share insights on the feedback received to date. Information received throughout the process will be referenced in a final report to be prepared by UCDSB staff and presented to the Board of Trustees on February 15, 2017. The Board will make final decisions about its accommodation review on March 23, 2017 at a Special Board Meeting scheduled at North Grenville District High School, which will be open to the public and will also be livestreamed for viewing.

The Board has been continually updating its Building for the Future Web Page to keep our communities informed throughout the accommodation review process. This web page provides information about the process with an ARC Information and Resources  page, including agendas, the delegation application form, and more. There is also a page specific to the Municipal and Service Providers Meetings,and previous reports to the Board.

The second round of Families of Schools ARC public meetings will take place at the following locations:

Prescott-Russell Family of Schools         
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Rockland District High School  
1004 St. Joseph Street, Rockland
6:30  p.m. 

Cornwall/Highland Families of Schools
Monday, January 23, 2017 
TR Leger School  of Adult, Alternative and
Continuing Education – General Vanier site
1500 Cumberland Street, Cornwall 
6:30 p.m.

Grenville/Brockville/River
Families of Schools
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 
Brockville Collegiate Institute
 
90 Pearl Street East, Brockville  
6:30 p.m.    

Rideau/Lanark South/Lanark North
Families of Schools
Monday, January 30, 2017
Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute
299 Percy Street, Smiths Falls
6:30 p.m.

Dundas Family of Schools
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Seaway District High School
2 Beach Street, Iroquois, ON
6:30 p.m.

***Please note that doors will open at 6:00 p.m. for all of the events listed above.

Important Notice: In the event of inclement weather, an alternate meeting date will be posted
on the UCDSB website, school and Board Facebook pages.

The meetings will be livestreamed by the Board on the UCTV network at:

January 19, 2017
https://livestream.com/UCTV/rockland

January 23, 2017
https://livestream.com/UCTV/generalvanier

January 24, 2017
http://livestream.com/UCTV/Brockville

January 30, 2017
https://livestream.com/UCTV/smithsfalls

January 31, 2017
https://livestream.com/UCTV/seaway

Members of the public who wish to make a presentation at these public meetings should review the ARC Guide for Delegations, noting the process and timelines for receiving requests. This information can be found at:  www.bit.ly/2eeARjG.

For more information, please call:

Stephen Sliwa
Director of Education
Upper Canada District School Board
(613) 342-0371 ext. 1234

Jeff McMillan
Chair
Upper Canada District School Board
(613) 340-5515

Posted January 17, 2017

 

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Contact Information
Director Stephen Sliwa
Brockville Board Office
Phone: (613) 342-0371 ext. 1234
Email: stephen.sliwa@ucdsb.on.ca