Doyletech Consulting to present school-closure findings January 5 in Morrisburg

Seaway District High School has supporters who are rallying to prevent its proposed closure. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

MORRISBURG — Consultants studying the economic impact of the proposed closures of two schools in South Dundas will present their report in the municipal Council Chambers next Thurs., Jan. 5.

Doyletech Consulting representatives are due to unveil their information at 6:30 p.m. on the Upper Canada District School Board’s proposal to shut down Seaway District High School and Morrisburg Public School.

Seeking ammunition to oppose the UCDSB, South Dundas is among the majority of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry municipalities that have separately commissioned the firm to look into the consequences of school closures envisioned in the board’s “Building for the Future” initial staff report released in September. North Stormont became the latest to engage Doyletech’s services earlier this month, and that township also expects to receive its $4,000 report in early January.

Twenty-nine UCDSB schools across Eastern Ontario are on the chopping block as the board aims to consolidate student populations amid declining enrollment and funding changes imposed by the provincial government. The clock is ticking on a grassroots and municipal campaign lobbying to prevent the sweeping plan, which goes to a final vote in late March. Opponents will be armed with Doyletech’s findings mere days before the UCDSB conducts its final Pupil Accommodation Review public meetings later in January for the SD&G/Cornwall area — Jan. 23 at General Vanier in Cornwall and Jan. 31 at Seaway District High School in Iroquois. Those meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

This article was edited to correct the date for the second Pupil Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) meeting (Jan. 31) and the recent change of venue for that event.