Category Archives: Operations/Maintenance

A few thoughts on school closure…

Schools are not closed to provide more resources for a stressed school district; they are closed as part of the process of cuts and downgraded services – resources do not increase with school closure. If that were true – after … Continue reading

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Excerpt from the Diary of a Mad Trustee dated December 1st 2010/ The Last Cut…the Last Closure

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 year and our senior staff decided to bravely go where all … Continue reading

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Revisiting ‘Stanley Gordon’ Means Defending Our Community

In spring 2003, our community in Lake Cowichan was invited to participate in a meeting which was billed as a consultation with School District #79. At that gathering, we were asked to consider five options at little tables and report … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en Special Meeting and No One Needed a Costume

Today- along with a room full of public education supporters, (well mostly) I watched as a quickie special meeting -with appointee McKay on Skype from his Surrey location with our senior staff in the flesh- launched an unnecessary endeavour. As … Continue reading

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The ProConsul’s Plan or the People’s Plan…Let Cowichan Decide!!

We now have a plan for our schools. Brought to you by the ministry appointee who replaced the elected board after the trustees were fired for submitting a budget seeking to restore some of the programs and services our district had … Continue reading

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THE ‘MADE IN COWICHAN’ BUDGET BELONGS TO YOU!

LET’S WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE IT HAPPEN! Our ‘Made in Cowichan’ Budget is designed to fulfill the key aim of the District Strategic Plan—to improve learning conditions for all of our students. Over many years of district budget development, the … Continue reading

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

    Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice  Resist the Beginning…Consider the End I know you know we are in the midst of an election campaign and though there is a sad deficit of interest in the school board I always tell people … 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 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 January 5th 2011

  Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice  Resist the Beginning…Consider the End    One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once … Continue reading

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