MORRISBURG – Less than three years removed from a very public stand-off with the Upper Canada District School Board, parents in South Dundas made it known that they are maintaining their vigilance.

A public meeting to discuss parents’ ideas and thoughts for the future of rural and elementary schools in South Dundas was held at the Municipal Centre Wed., Oct. 2.

Larry Berry, UCDSB trustee for both North and South Dundas and board chair John McAllister attended the meeting.

South Dundas Deputy-Mayor Kirsten Gardner moderated the session and Mayor Steven Byvelds also attended strictly as an observer.

More than 25 parents, as well as elementary and high school teachers from various communities, attended and much of the conversation focused on the public school system.

It was clear that parents were not satisfied with simply saving the schools and the status quo.

Gardner, who was the Morrisburg Public School representative for the Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) when the UCDSB attempted to consolidate several schools in South Dundas, labeled the evening as a “good fulsome discussion.”

Determined to further the conversation, the group intends to form a committee, which must be approved by South Dundas council.

McAllister also extended an invitation to the group to present their concerns formally to the UCDSB.