UCDSB school closures may trigger expansion of SFDCI

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Posted on: November 29, 2016

By Chris Must

The Upper Canada District School Board’s plans to close some area schools will lead to an influx of younger students attending Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI), and the potential need for an addition to the school.

In a report provided to Smiths Falls town councillors for information, the board indicated that its plans to consolidate facilities due to declining enrollment would lead to an influx of students from Wolford and North Elmsley attending schools in Smiths Falls, and the addition of middle school (grades 7 to 12) at SFDCI. The board will continue to seek public input on its plans until March.

Because no more than 11 portable classrooms are allowed at a single school, a large number of new students at SFDCI might require an addition to be built, Smiths Falls town planner Nicole Dwyer told councillors.

“We’re at a very early stage in the process,” said Dwyer. “At this stage it’s just information for the public.”

Councillor Lorraine Allen said she and other councillors have been hearing public concerns about the board’s plans, and suggested people direct their input to their local board trustee. The UCDSB trustee representing Smiths Falls is Susan Richards.