Category Archives: School Closure

Excerpt / Board Report from an Open School Board Meeting November 18th 2009

This is an excerpt from a board report way back from an open school board meeting in November 2009 … it speaks to the efforts of the Lake community to preserve and defend their schools and their kids. May our … Continue reading

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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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Where Are Our Voices in All This?

Yes, the Ministry appointee in the  Cowichan School District  assures us in almost every communication,our input is welcome even vital. He has -on behalf of the district -invited our insights and no one could be blamed for believing this might … 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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Policy Development and Our Community Voice

To reach Mike McKay ,Ministry Appointee in Cowichan with any concerns or comments email: officialtrustee@SD79.bc.ca   If you say the word ‘policy’ to most people and I was certainly one of them, you can cure insomnia in a flash but … Continue reading

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

 Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice Resist the Beginning…Consider the End   Six years is a long time to spend in the board room but I have been a willing participant and I have no one to blame but myself. It has not always … Continue reading

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

        Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice Resist the Beginning…Consider the End   The struggle of people against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting – Milan Kundera   There must have been a time in the human chronicle … 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 June 16th 2010 Open Board Meeting

  Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice Resist the Beginning…Consider the End                                           I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.                                                                                                                                                     – Jonathan Swift  In a report or two ago I … Continue reading

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