Clear timetable needed for decision on school closure process: Myers
Georgetown – The MacLauchlan government needs to share a clear timetable with Islanders about when and how they will learn the fates of their schools, says Georgetown-St. Peters MLA and Opposition Education Critic Steven Myers.
“For close to six months now parents, students, teachers and communities have been dealing with an uncertain future for their schools due to this government’s school change policy. The message I keep hearing is that when a final decision is made that it needs to happen at a public meeting, not in secret behind closed doors,” says Myers.
According to the Public Schools Branch School Change Policy a final decision by the Board of Directors on any school closures or major rezoning of students must be approved within 60 days of the end of public consultations. That period closed on March 11. Regularly scheduled Public Schools Branch Board meetings were cancelled in February and March following the start of the second phase of consultations on the school closure process.
“This uncertainty is creating a lot of stress and anxiety for students, parents and teachers. After two rounds of consultations most people aren’t any clearer on how the next steps will unfold. This government set this process in motion so it has a responsibility to lay out a clear timetable for what comes next,” says Myers.