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Fate of Barrie Central remains in school board's hands

By Ian McInroy, Barrie Examiner

The ARC has spoken, but will Simcoe County District School Board trustees listen?

Members of the accommodation review committee (ARC) looking into Barrie's five public high schools have made their recommendation regarding the future of Barrie Central Collegiate.

It would see the school remain open on the current site until at least 2015.

The recommendation came after the committee's final working session Tuesday night prior to the fourth and final public ARC meeting at Innisdale Secondary School next Tuesday night.

The committee suggested that: Barrie Central remain open until Sept. 2015; the school board actively pursue partners to address a rebuild of the school in its current location with a partnership agreement in place by December 31, 2014; if the benchmark for partnerships has not been met by Dec. 31, 2014, the board staff option (closing the school, redistributing the students and applying for funding for a south-end high school) will be implemented; and the school board create a business plan for a south-end high school while pursuing partnerships to offset the cost of the new school.

After the final ARC public meeting on Feb. 22, the committee's recommendations will be given to the director of education and made available to trustees and the public.

Trustees will make their final decision - either accepting the ARC recommendation or the board's initial staff option or coming up with their own solution - in March.

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