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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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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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“Conceived and Ordered (Moved, Seconded, Carried and Minuted)”

Though it is unlikely – if you were granted the dubious joy of observing shit pass through the intestine of a goose you would be forgiven if you found it somewhat similar to watching the board meetings now – yes … Continue reading

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October 3rd Proconsul Meeting/ Cooling our Heels

Board meetings these days are held too early for most folks to attend but many of us struggle there anyway and the gallery is full of indignant camaraderie. If you are going to be indignant, it is best to do … 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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Are You Shocked?

Are we shocked?                          Well I said I was shocked when I spoke to a reporter from the Times- Colonist earlier this week regarding the amazing appearance of $300,000 in the Cowichan School District budget made public during the 1st and … Continue reading

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June 20th Our Last Meeting? It Might Be…

  June 20th 2012 was billed as the last regular meeting of our board. And, it might be. Like many things which slouch toward you over time, the grieving takes place well before the final curtain but at least in … 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 Open Board Meeting November 16th 2011

 Principiis Obsta…Finem Respice                                        Resist the Beginning…Consider the End   This meeting was the last of the old board and as such was fairly tranquil – many of us were reflecting on those who were leaving for good after many years … Continue reading

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