No delegations for CDSBEO public meeting on Cornwall schools

In this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, file photo, St. Joseph's Catholic Secondary School Principal Danny Conway and Catholic board chairman Todd Lalonde chat in Cornwall, Ont. prior to a meeting on the future of Cornwall schools. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

KEMPTVILLE – A meeting to hear presentations from the public on proposed changes to Cornwall Catholic schools has nobody on the docket.

Board spokesman Amber LaBerge told Cornwall Newswatch there are no registered delegates for the Pupil Accommodation Review meeting at the board office on Highway 43 in Kemptville.

It’s part of the review process as the Catholic District School Board looks to eventually close Immaculate Conception, St. Columban’s and Sacred Heart elementary schools.

IC students would go to Bishop Macdonell and St. Peter; St. Columban’s and Sacred Heart students would go to a new JK-6 school built on the Sacred Heart sight or somewhere else.

But instead of the board’s preference to close St. Joe’s high school and build a new one, public feedback has leaned toward keeping the existing school in order to preserve certain amenities like the auditorium and shops for classes in the trades.

In February, the consultant overseeing the plan said the ARC process has been running very smoothly.

The meeting tonight at the central office in Kemptville starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Greg McNally Boardroom.

A final decision on the Cornwall family of schools will be made at a board meeting on May 2, 2017.