BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF —
The Government of Ontario is holding 10 meetings across the province to gather input from the public on education in rural communities.
One such meeting was held in Markdale on May 25 at the Recreation complex.
The meeting hall was filled with parents, concerned citizens, educators, children, as well as members of Grey Highlands Council, Ashley Chapman from Chapman’s in Markdale, Grey Highlands Mayor Paul McQueen and Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker.
The session was led by Dan Tish, an independent facilitator. Tish introduced Grant Crack, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs who told those in attendance that this meeting's attendance was the largest in the province so far. The government wants to tap into advice from the public.
Attendees were asked to answer questions found on forms at each table and later state what each table’s comments were to the rest of the crowd with feedback being that when considering Accommodation Reviews from the school boards, concerned parents need more time to respond. They felt that the school boards were not listening to them and they weren’t getting any feedback from the school boards when they provided suggestions on how to keep the schools open.
Other comments were that they need advanced warning of Accommodation Reviews and that the local municipalities should be involved in that process.
Members of the public included people from Paisley, Chesley, Owen Sound and Markdale.
Forms were gathered up at the end of the meeting to be looked at on a later date.
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