Public board forming school closure committees

As the process to possibly close three local elementary schools moves forward, the Rainy River District School Board is seeking community members to form school closure committees.
Parents of students at Alexander MacKenzie, Sixth Street, and Alberton Central are encouraged to apply to sit on the committees, with the deadline being next Monday (Sept. 24) at 4 p.m.
“This is the final review of those schools for school closure,” said Superintendent of Education Terry Ellwood.
The three schools were recommended for a final review after the elementary review committee spent much the last school year collecting and looking over information.
Ellwood noted three parents of students at each of the three schools are needed for these committees. Their job–along with appointed trustees–will be to take another look at factors like transportation costs and the cost of renovations versus closure and amalgamation.
The respective committees likely will meet once a month from October to March, at which time they will decide whether to recommend an “intent to close” motion for each school.
If the trustees vote in favour of theses motions, the board then will hold public meetings for further consultation.
On the basis of the recommendations, and the public input, the board then will vote on a “motion to close” for each school.
Parents can mail applications to board chairman Gord McBride c/o 522 Second St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1N4. Any questions related to the committees can be directed to Ellwood at 274-9855 ext. 235.