Board steam rolls community once again

“In our community and school community, there is a general consensus that we would like the Board to pursue repairs to keep Connaught School open until at least June 2015, or longer,” Cathedral Area parent Kate Smart told the board of education on March 25.

“This position is supported by the Cathedral Area Community Association, by Save our Connaught, by several members of the Cathedral Village Business Association, by every single person I’ve spoken to in my neighbourhood, and by the vast majority of the Connaught School community who attended the Feb. 25 meeting in the Connaught Gym.

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Eleventh hour battle to keep Connaught open

Connaught School supporters will be fighting an eleventh hour battle to keep their school open tonight. Trustees will consider a recommendation to close the school in June, based mainly on liability and insurance issues. A recent community survey shows the vast majority of Connaught School families and residents want the school to stay open and they want to be involved in developing a satisfactory renewal plan.

The province recently approved funding for renewal planning but Regina Public won’t get a budget approval for construction until April 2015 at earliest. Parents have raised concerns that the rush to relocate Connaught students into hastily organized facilities is more costly than making recommended repairs to stay open, and will put their kids’ health and learning experiences at risk. As well, a poorly planned transition is poised to jeopardize future enrolment viability.

 

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Action for Connaught

Write a letter today
Here is a fact sheet and instructions for writing letters to the Leader-Post and the board chair. If you have not written a letter to the editor yet, do it today.
Contact the Minister The Connaught SCC’s request for interim funding to make repairs was read out in the Legislature yesterday. There were few solid answers. Please send Don Morgan an email, and ask him for the funds to keep Connaught open for the coming year, and into the future.

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Building conservationist to address school board tonight

A possible decision to close Connaught School may be based on incomplete and contradictory information, according to a specialist in building conservation.

June Botkin of Botkin Historic Building Conservators has been reviewing a series of engineering assessments of the school, and sharing them with specialists across North America and internationally. She will present some preliminary observations to the school board tonight.

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