Board clo­sure vote was a sense­less out­come for Morse School

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor: I am writ­ing this let­ter for a cou­ple of rea­sons. First of all, I fell that some­one should thank Marvin T Al­lan of Neville for his nice let­ter in last week's Booster where he hit the nail on the head about not sup­port­ing each other as towns and cit­i­zens in de­mand­ing fair­ness and com­mon sense rather than filthy small town pol­i­tics when th­ese de­ci­sions are made.

This brings me to a very im­por­tant bear­ing on this sense­less out­come. At a meet­ing on Jan. 19, the then vice chair, now chair­per­son of the Chi­nook School Divi­sion Board, clearly stated that no mat­ter what Morse did with its num­bers, his vote would be to close Morse School at that time. He was ob­vi­ously cho­sen to deal with the Morse crew, as the then chair­per­son didn't have an­swers for any­thing.

Mr. Falk's re­ward for this was not to be stopped by board mem­bers, save one, for his in­abil­ity to be im­par­tial, but was elected chair­per­son of the same board. His opin­ion res­onates with the other fol­low­ers and thus we have all but one vote to close our school.

What is even more in­ter­est­ing is who was present at that meet­ing, such as our Di­rec­tor of Ed­u­ca­tion as well as our MLA, who had to hear that state­ment, yet chose to do noth­ing.

On March 19, the pub­lic was not al­lowed to ask ques­tions at the fi­nal meet­ing at Morse School. The Board could not even show grat­i­tude for those who pre­pared cof­fee and donuts, but rather ex­ited like lit­tle mice who knew then and long be­fore that they were go­ing to close our school.

This school was des­tined for clo­sure when I started work­ing for them in 1981, when I was told not to get too comfortable here. The main­te­nance of this build­ing was al­ways secondary to the then Her­bert School Divi­sion. If we asked for a new stu­dent's desk, it was a fight. The re­sults be­ing a desk de­liv­ered with more weld than the price of a new one. Yet if the di­rec­tor wanted a new com­puter he got it. At least twice the of­fice in Her­bert was ren­o­vated on a whilm, in­clud­ing air con­di­tion­ing.

How, I hear the school has to go be­cause of mould. How many peo­ple may be sick be­cause of this? Why are peo­ple still in there? A few years ago a Catholic school in Swift Cur­rent was closed for a time

A wrong statis­tic was printed in the let­ter “SaskParty takes the wrong boat on nu­clear is­sue” in the May 21 edi­tion of the South­west Booster. The let­ter’s au­thor clar­i­fied the ini­tial cost of the MAPLE 1 and MAPLE 2 was es­ti­mated at $140 mil­lion not $23 bil­lion. be­cause of mould, why not Morse?

The gov­ern­ment should maybe dis­band and start over.

Steve MacIn­nis - Morse



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