No Grenville concerns heard about taking on S. Dundas students, says supt.

David Coombs, superintendent of schools with the Upper Canada District School Board, addresses the audience on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 during an accommodation review process meeting in Prescott, Ont. Coombs says he hasn't heard any concerns about South Dundas students moving to the Prescott high school under the consolidation plan. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

PRESCOTT – The superintendent of schools for Leeds-Grenville says he hasn’t heard any concerns about a possible influx of pupils from South Dundas.

Under the Upper Canada District School Board’s accommodation review proposal, students at the Seaway District High School, living south of Highway 401 in South Dundas, would be bused to the Prescott high school.

That would be a percentage of the roughly 411 students enrolled at Seaway District High School, though the Pupil Accommodation Review makes no mention of exactly how many students would be coming from South Dundas to South Grenville D.H.S.

According to the board, only 51 per cent of the South Grenville District High School’s 1,153 student spaces are being used, theoretically leaving more than ample room.

“I haven’t heard that concern yet. That hasn’t come forward in any of the surveys that I’ve seen,” David Coombs told Brockville Newswatch. “(It) doesn’t mean it’s not out there that it won’t be raised in the next few months.”

As of last week, the Upper Canada District School Board had received over 3,000 responses to its survey. Coombs said he’s read the surveys pertaining to the Leeds-Grenville group of schools.

“This process, we’re in the second period of this game. We still have a lot of this process to engage in, so that might come up,” he said.

“I have not yet seen anything commenting specifically on the South Grenville receiving students,” Coombs said.

The next public meeting for the Brockville-Grenville-Athens family of schools will be Jan. 24, 2017 at Brockville Collegiate Institute at 6:30 p.m.

The board is expected to make a final decision on closing and consolidating up to 29 schools on March 23, 2017.

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