Category Archives: Classroom Conditions

Diary of a Mad Trustee Open Board Meeting August 31st 2011

Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice   Resist the Beginning…Consider the End   God!!  I do not want to engage in the usual patter about returning to the salt mines and how terrible it all is to be back in harness after a … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee Open Board Meeting June 15th 2011

  Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice   Resist the Beginning…Consider the End   This was the last meeting of the school year and even trustees are getting time off for good (or bad) behaviour. No point in whinging now –  but this … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee Open Board Meeting May 18 2011

Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice Resist the Beginning…Consider the End   Budget 2011/2012 is over and yet as most of you can testify, it is never over when the results are starkly in our faces. Of course, despite all the 4 alarm … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee/Open Board Meeting April 20th 2011

Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice Resist the Beginning…Consider the End  A few things to ponder from this meeting – our much abused ‘Rodney Dangerfield’  policy #1010 which just doesn’t get any respect, the recommendation from one trustee we cancel our membership with … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee Open Board Meeting February 2nd 2011

                                                          Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice         Resist the Beginning…Consider the End “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  -Anne Frank                                                                                                                                                      Life at the board coal face is quite the scene, … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee January 19th 2011 Open Board Meeting

 Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice    Resist the Beginning…Consider the End    Sometimes I expect to see the camera crew from Punk’d as we wend our way through these meetings. This does not of course mean I spend any more time on … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee Open Board Meeting December 1st 2010

                                                     Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice                                          Resist the Beginning…Consider the End  Obedience indeed is only the pitiful and cowardly egotism of him who thinks he can do something better than reason.  -Percy Bysshe Shelley The last meeting of the calendar … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee Open Board Meeting October 20th 2010

    Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice  Resist the Beginning…Consider the End  This is the next in a series of entirely unauthorised reports from this trustee on board meetings. If this email has made its way into your computer and you are … Continue reading

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Diary of a Mad Trustee October 6th 2010 Open Board Meeting

Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice Resist the Beginning…Consider the End  This is the next in a series of entirely unauthorised reports from this trustee on board meetings. If this email has made its way into your computer and you are dismayed please … Continue reading

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Response to the letters posted by John Brackenbury and Morag M. Gilchrist in the Cowichan Newsleader, August 11 2010

  In their comments both letter writers argue our public schools are generously funded by the provincial government and the shortfalls our boards are experiencing have a host of other origins which are not being generated by the Ministry.  Yes, … Continue reading

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