Public Meeting to Discuss Sir James Dunn amalgamation with Michipicoten High School

May 1, 2017 @ 07:59

Tonight will be the second and last public meeting to hear public concerns and questions about the possibility of school closure, and accommodating the JK-8 program and students currently housed at Sir James Dunn Public School as a Jk-12 School on the Michipicoten High School site.

The major factor behind the consideration of this amalgamation is the condition of the SJD building. The original Sir James Dunn School was built in 1920 but completely destroyed by fire in late 1973. The current building was built in 1975, a two-storey building without a basement. Over the next five years, Sir James Dunn would require $4,931,986 worth of renovations and upgrades. However, the entire building could be replaced for $11,441,300.

The other major factor is the declining enrollment occurring in both schools.

Tonight at 6:30 p.m. there will be a meeting in the Sir James Dunn Public School Library. Light refreshments will be served and representatives from the School Board will be present.

Sir James Dunn Public School ARC members are: Robin Maj (School Council Chair), Amanda Gauthier (Community Member), Mayor Ron Rody (Municipal Representative), Petar Kusic (School Principal) Patty Bernath (School Staff Member), and Joe Maurice (Superintendent of Education).