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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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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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Excerpts From Exile

As we languish in our banishment as trustees, it remains for us to continue to work for the schools in any way we can by other means. I spent 7 years at the table and the one thing I did … 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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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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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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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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