To the Editor:

As the Upper Canada District School Board is looking at closing schools to deal with an unfunded capacity of some 10,000 spaces, they also committed to consider alternatives.   Closing schools in small rural areas has greater impacts on the local community.
One such case is Maxville Public School, which the board is looking to close.  Concerned parents and citizens in the Maxville community have come together to offer an alternative solution to closing the school and are working to present its option to the board at its upcoming meeting on January 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at General Vanier Secondary School in Cornwall.  We understand the Board’s current circumstances and so we are working to offer an alternative.  This comprises 1) demolishing an unused section of the school, (2) accessing an Education Ministry program to fund daycare, (3) offering French Immersion, and (4) examining boundaries of schools.
We need people’s help as we finalize our proposal.  There are two ways people can help.  First, visit our facebook page at to find out more and fill in the simple three question survey.  This will provide us more data for our proposal.   Second, please show up at the public meeting on January 23.

Paul Topping