School closures to be discussed tonight

The Rainy River District School Board will meet Tuesday night to discuss what the three sub-committees have recommended regarding the proposed closures of Alexander MacKenzie, Sixth Street, and Alberton Central schools.
“[The sub-committee reports] will go to the board, and the trustees who are not on the school closure committee will officially receive them,” said Superintendent of Education Terry Ellwood, referring to trustees Gord McBride, Judy Eluik, and Jim Leonard.
“It’s a chance for the trustees to talk about the report. But we don’t anticipate much discussion,” he added.
The board was given a sneak preview of the reports on the pros and cons of closing the three schools at its Dec. 4 meeting here.
“The committee of the whole will identify meetings at which there will be further discussion,” noted Ellwood.
Meanwhile, plans already have been drawn up for what a $3-million-plus expansion at J.W. Walker School to accommodate students from the closed schools may look like.
These have cost about $30,000.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at the board’s new meeting room in Robert Moore School, FFHS vice-principal Gord McCabe will speak on school violence.
“I think the trustees will have some sort of questions as to what pro-active measures are being taken in the schools,” noted Ellwood.
The meeting is open to the public.