ARC meeting shifts to Seaway

IROQUOIS – Seaway District High School will be the location for the Upper Canada District School Board’s final accommodation review committee meeting in Dundas County.

The January 31, 2017, meeting had originally been scheduled to take place at North Dundas, but the board had been pressured to change its location.

Superintendent of schools and ARC 2A chair Tim Mills said that they had a number of requests from ARC members to re-locate the meeting.

Because the schools being considered for closure are in South Dundas, the majority of those people who have been responding to the board survey are from South Dundas, and because it is anticipated that the majority of those who will attend the January 31st meeting will be from the South Dundas area, the location was changed.

At the January 31st meeting, a number of delegations will make public presentations to the ARC committee members in front of an audience.

The first ARC meeting held at Seaway in November featured nine delegations that presented cases in front of a large audience, which included many school principals, school board officials and school board trustees.

This is the final ARC meeting for schools in this area before the UCDSB makes its final decision in March.

ARC committee members at a community meeting Monday evening told a crowd of over 60 people that it’s imperative that the community pack the gymnasium for the January 31st meeting.

Until then, they want and need to hear as much community feedback as possible to help them in their role as information conduits in the process.

At each working meeting, they are presented with survey feedback, so they urge everyone to participate in the UCDSB survey online. Any feedback provided should be as direct and detailed as possible about what is wanted for area schools.