Board of Trustees Renews Commitment to
Building for the Future
Pupil Accommodation Review

(Brockville) – Trustees with the Upper Canada District School Board have renewed their commitment to the Building for the Future Pupil Accommodation Review.

Trustees defeated a motion at their regular meeting Wednesday night that would have rescinded an earlier decision to launch the Review. The process was initially approved after changes to provincial funding rules prompted the Upper Canada District School Board to examine underutilized school space with the overall objective that the consolidation of student spaces will improve efficiency and lead to better learning environments for students.

After the meeting, Chair Jeff McMillan stressed the Review will provide an opportunity for public discussion on the best options for school consolidation so the most appropriate solutions can be found.

“I don’t want anyone to have the impression that decisions have already been made,” said McMillan. “The Board of Trustees won’t be making any final decisions about school closures until we’ve heard from our communities and their input has been fully considered.”

Trustees approved the Review on September 28. Through a series of public meetings, the board will seek the community’s input on draft recommendations for potential school closures to consolidate school space in the district. The consolidations could allow the board to present business plans to the Ministry of Education to upgrade its inventory of schools and even build new ones. The Review is considering the future state for operating 29 schools through public meetings led by local Accommodation Review Committees (ARCs).

The first round of ARC meetings will occur in November. A final decision by the Board is expected in March 2017.

For more information, please call:

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

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

Posted October 12, 2016

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