School strategy has foul odour
After reading The Guardian on Friday, July 14, re: Stratford and school overcrowding, I am shaking my head in wonderment.
We have had 11 children attend Vernon River Consolidated over the past 23 years, with one still attending, and one pending appeal on a transfer to Birchwood. I am not a rocket scientist, intellectual, etc., but, Vernon Rover Consolidated is a K-9 school not operating at capacity, and the Public Schools Branch is taking students from the junior high component and sending them to the city. Hmmm, something has a foul odour.
Being simple in my thinking, a light came on! Why not take some of the junior high students from the far-east reaches of Stratford and send them to Vernon River? Reinstate K-9 at Donagh and send more overflow from Stratford. If you have these schools at capacity, it takes pressure off of the city schools and makes room for city students.
The buildings are already there and, if resources are needed, hiring teachers is a less expensive option than a new building and associated maintenance, buses etc.
Just a thought, or have the decisions already been made Mr. mayor and Mr. Grimmer? Looking forward to your public reply. Paul R. Chandler,