A ‘Save Our School’ sign is visible to motorists driving past Arcadia Consolidated School. A public hearing as part of a school review process will be held at the school on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
By Tina Comeau
Members of the Tri-County Regional School Board will be provided with the public input that was submitted as part of the consultation on proposed school boundaries, along with staff recommendations on how the board might proceed when it comes to the boundaries.
This will take place during a special meeting being held Thursday, Dec. 12, at the school board’s office on Water Street. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Board members are slated to vote on proposed school boundaries at their Jan. 7 monthly school board meeting.
However, at that meeting board members will also be asked to reconsider the timing of the closure of Arcadia Consolidated School, which the board has slated for closure at the end of this school year. This motion is being brought forward by board member Ron Hines, who says the proposed boundaries – drawn up by school board staff – have created a lot of confusion and anxiety. He also says the board doesn’t know of a new or retrofitted elementary school, which has not been announced, might also impact where students attend class in the future.
The board says the closure of Arcadia Consolidated School has necessitated the need for new school boundaries. What’s been proposed could impact the boundaries of up to nine elementary, junior and senior high schools.
A public consultation meeting on the proposed boundaries was held on Oct. 29. People were also invited to submit input until mid-November. The school board says it has received a “significant” amount of public feedback.
You can view video from the Oct. 29 public consultation meeting here.