Wheels are turning

The SOC working group met over the weekend to discuss upcoming plans and activities. We have put in a request to the school board to gain access to architectural drawings of the school, which will help form the basis of an alternative renovation plan. The director referred the matter to the board, which will meet to decide if they will consider our request or not. If they decide to consider it, the matter will come up at the next school board meeting for a vote. Plans are also under way for some fun and informative community events to promote awareness of the Save Our Connaught Heritage campaign. Meanwhile, it appears Connaught is not among the government’s “priority 1A”  schools chosen to go forward to the next planning stage this year. The two schools at the top of the list, Gravelbourg and Langenburg, were given the planning green light. This opens up more opportunity to propose an affordable, respectful renovation of our existing building, seeing as they don’t have funds to move the rebuild forward. Stay tuned for more news and event information!

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New school design process on the horizon

Following the Alberta model, the Sask. Ministry of Education has allocated $6 million to investigate the possibility of public-private partnerships for new school construction, with bulk tendering of design and construction.  Education Minister Russ Marchuk told the Leader-Post yesterday that up to 10 schools at a time could share common blueprints under the new system.  Here is the full article:

The Regina Mom’s open letter to the Premier.

the regina mom

As you are aware, dear Reader, the regina mom is not impressed with the Regina Public Schools Board of Education and their decision to tear down a 100 year-old school without benefit of a second opinion.  So, the regina mom, being who she is, sent a letter to the Premier and copied it far and wide.*

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Here’s the letter:

An Open Letter to Premier Brad Wall Regarding Connaught School March 16, 2013

Dear Premier Wall:

I understand that your government has received a request from the Regina Board of Education (RBE) to replace Connaught School. For a variety of reasons, I request that you deny it.

Before you is the opportunity to make a reckless decision or to invest in an integral piece of our history as a city and a province, as housed in that building. As a 25-year resident of the area I draw on…

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Action Planning Meeting

Save Our Connaught campaign – Where science, history, art, music and community action are coming together to support a very special neighbourhood school! Join us:
Sunday, March 17 1:30 p.m.
Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre
2900-13th Ave.
(Note time change from the usual 2 p.m.)
Childcare will be provided on request only  – If you need it, please let us know by noon Saturday by emailing pelliott@accesscomm.ca

Save Our Connaught meeting to save the 100-year-old school

News Talk 980 CJME: Members push forward with plans for letter writting campaigns and teach-ins throughout Regina

Reported by Kelly Malone
First Posted: Mar 10, 2013 6:33pm

A week after being formed the Save Our Connaught group got together on Sunday to work on their plan to save the 100-year-old community school from demolition.

Read the New Talk report

NEXT MEETING: Sunday, March 17, 1:30 p.m. Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre

Action Planning Today

Join us today, Sunday, at 2 p.m., Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre, Childcare is provided.  Details.

Historic school receives prestigious environmental certification

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Connaught School

From the Calgary Board of Education website:

“Historic Connaught School, the oldest operating school in Calgary, has received a prestigious environmental certification.

Connaught School underwent a major renovation in 2008-09. As part of the renovation and (LEEDS) certification, Connaught teachers and the CBE EcoTeam created a series of educational resources focused on using the environmental features of the school as teaching tools. These were connected to the program of studies learning outcomes for Grades 1-6. This resulted in the creation of numerous videos for student use and community education. In addition, the school undertook the creation of naturalization area that has engaged the local community.”

Read the full story

Action Planning This Sunday

Connaught front

Join the Action Plan to save our beautiful heritage school. Last week, citizens gathered and spent some time sorting out how to proceed. We now have four action groups that have already started doing things:

  • Lobby Action (letters and meetings with politicians)
  • Citizen Action (public events and campaigns)
  • 2nd Opinion Action (gaining expert advice on the building)
  • Legal Action  (exploring our legal rights)

At this Sunday’s meeting each group will report back on the week’s activities, and invite new input, ideas and members. Get involved. There’s room for everyone!

Sunday, March 10, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre – upstairs
2900 13th Ave
Childcare provided

Write a letter – here’s some ideas

The Regina Board of Education has forwarded a request to accept replacement of Connaught in this provincial budget cycle. The group Save Our Connaught wants to flood Premier Brad Wall with letters in advance of the March 20 provincial budget.

Here’s his address and suggested points to include – pick and choose what means the most to you, or indulge them all! We’ve uploaded it as a Word document, so that you can cut and paste.

Instructions for Letter Writers

Action Planning Meeting

Sunday, March 10
2 p.m.
Cathedral Neighbourhood Centre
2900 – 13th Ave.

All welcome. Childcare provided.