Beefed up security at school board ARC meeting

An SD&G O.P.P. cruiser sits outside Tagwi Secondary School on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 ahead of an accommodation review committee meeting. Members of the ARC were meeting for the first time to review the proposed plan to possibly close up to 29 schools in Eastern Ontario. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

AVONMORE – There was heightened security around a meeting of the public school review committee at Tagwi Secondary School Thursday night.

Two SD&G O.P.P. cruisers and two officers were stationed outside the high school on County Road 43, east of Avonmore.

There had been rumours of a possible protest as the two Eastern Board ARCs met for the first time for an orientation session.

Superintendents Tim Mills for the Cornwall, Highland and Dundas families of schools and Val Allen for the Prescott-Russell family of schools met with the committee members to go over the process and the terms of reference.

Officers at the scene told Cornwall Newswatch there were no problems during the meeting and no protesters showed up.

But that wasn’t the case on Friday during a municipal and community partner meeting at General Vanier high school in Cornwall where a group of protesters waving “SOS – Save Our Schools” braved the rain on Cumberland Street.

The sweeping public school board plan would prospectively close up to 16 schools by the end of this school year and another 13 under the right conditions.

There will be a public meetings, tentatively scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 and Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at General Vanier high school for the public to weigh in on the plan.

A final decision would be made during a special meeting of the board on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

An SD&G O.P.P. truck sits at the end of the driveway to Tagwi Secondary School on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 ahead of an accommodation review committee meeting. It was one of two police officers on sight as members met to review a school closure plan. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
An SD&G O.P.P. truck sits at the end of the driveway to Tagwi Secondary School on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 ahead of an accommodation review committee meeting. It was one of two police officers on sight as members met to review a school closure plan. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)
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