Saturday, 21 June 2014

On Saturday, June 21, 2014 by PWSParents

Superintendent Elwin LeRoux goes against all recommendations and public input to steam ahead with the TARGETED Plan to dismantle P-9 Schools.

Late Friday night the HRSB posted the staff’s final report and recommendations.

In a baffling and unprecedented move, HRSB staff is recommending to the Board that the work of the Boundary Review Committee and all public input be ignored.

Instead, they are recommending HRSB staff’s preferred approach to Park West – the removal of Grades 7-9.

The HRSB staff report contains no detail to support staff recommendations and  fails to address educational benefit, safety risk, financial impacts, transitional impact, renovation requirement, etc. and yet Mr. LeRoux and his staff are  willing to suggest students are to be moved to Clayton Park Junior High with no good reasons provided.  Why?

Why pretend that the Student Advisory Council (SAC) has a legitimate role in this process, and waste 12 people’s time and good will for five months to simply ignore what they have diligently worked towards recommending?

It appears a decision was made well before the review proceedings began so, why pretend that the Parents and the Community members actually have a voice?

Is Democracy being followed?  It doesn't appear to have a place with the Halifax Regional School Board.

The report is buried in the June 25, 2014 agenda, for your convenience, here is the direct link to the report\;

As parents we entrust our children to the Halifax Regional School Board to provide them with a good education and to consider their best interests.  This is not happening; we must stand up, speak out and make a difference.

We need everyone out to the June 25th Board Meeting and to Protest if needed.   This is the most important of the three day meetings.

If you are willing to speak, please request a spot for either the June 23 or 24th date with Selena Henderson by calling 464-2000 ext. 2324.

You may need to insist that you wish to speak and Chair Gin Yee has advised the community that anyone wishing to speak will get the opportunity to speak. 

Please email everyone you know and ask them to come out and support keeping Park West   P-9 and Protest changing the school to P-6.   We need everyone in attendance on June 25th, @ 5:30 PM.  HRSB – 33 Spectacle Lake Drive, Darthmouth.

  Thank you and see you on June 25th to save Park West School.