St. Marys Journal Argus
Members of the group fighting to save A.J. Baker Public School from closure were disappointed recently when trustees of the Thames Valley District School Board (TBDSB) backed out on a planned informal visit to the Kintore school But they’ll renew their fight to stave off the approval of a TVDSB staff recommendation when the board-mandated Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) visits nearby Zorra Highland school this week.
The ARC, consisting of representatives from the four school areas potentially affected by the staff recommendation, is in the middle of a series of meetings to collect public input into the proposal. It meets Thursday, Oct. 24 at Zorra Highland near Embro, with the meeting set to begin at 7 p.m.
Two weeks ago, however, members of the Save A.J. committee thought they had arranged an opportunity to show trustees around their school in an informal setting. After consultation with the school’s principal and top TVDSB administrators, a plan was conceived to schedule an A.J. Baker Parent Involvement Committee meeting, and instead of holding a regular meeting invite the trustees for a tour instead.
According to Save A.J. representative Marcus Ryan, however, trustees backed out at the last minute. Ryan said the reason given was that, because a bare-bones agenda had been attached to the meeting — at the administrators’ request, he noted — it was decided the trustees would appear to be holding meetings outside their official duties.
Ryan told the Journal Argus the Save A.J. group was disappointed by the setback, but vowed to continue seeking a way to bring trustees on a tour of the school.