Parents want students to stay at Millbrook school
As residents of Cavan Monaghan Township and parents of students at our Millbrook South Cavan Public School, we are strongly opposed to the current proposal of moving our Grade 7 and 8 children to Crestwood High School. Having attended the meeting on Nov. 4 where Supt. Chris Arnew and trustee Angela Lloyd outlined the proposal, we found several aspects troubling.
Paramount of these is how this proposal was presented as benefiting Millbrook students and the Township of Cavan Monaghan. The crux of the proposal is moving our children into an intermediate school at Crestwood Secondary School. As explained in the meeting, the Board needs to fill the space available at Crestwood in order to show a need for a new school anywhere in the area.
Once Crestwood is over capacity, (projected date: 2024) funding could be requested for a new school. The location of this new school would be in the west end of Peterborough where land is already set aside.
This proposal does not support building a new school in Cavan Monaghan Township. It also disrupts children who are attending North Cavan, Kawartha Heights and Westmount (French students attending Westmount and will be sent to Adam Scott).
Currently there are six portables at Millbrook with room for six more according to the board. There is space for the Millbrook Grade 7 and Grade 8 students to stay at their home school. Projected enrolment for 2020 is only 32 students more than are currently enrolled at Millbrook.
We believe a better solution for Millbrook students and families would be to stay and continue their education in their community. The Crestwood proposal creates a huge transition for young children who may not be socially or emotionally equipped to handle riding the bus with high schoolers. An extra two years of being educated in Millbrook will enhance their self-esteem, opportunity for after-school activities and mental well-being. This will enable them to have a more positive transition to high school.
Further, keeping our students in Millbrook allows them to visit local businesses for lunch and after school, keeping dollars local. Parents will have a reduced carbon footprint by not driving 45-kilometre round trip to Peterborough for snow days, etc.
At the very least, the board needs to delay making a decision on the movement of students from Millbrook until development is completed in the area. This will allow for more accurate enrolment projections. We all pay school board taxes and don’t support our funds being used to solve Crestwood’s enrolment problems by uprooting our children.
The trustees will vote in January on the proposal. We encourage every parent, community member, and business owner to take the time to make their voices heard before Christmas by emailing the school board at crestwood_accommoda[email protected], and copying trustee Angela Lloyd angela_l[email protected], the director of education Jennifer Leclerc, Director_Educa[email protected] and Mayor Scott McFadden, [email protected]fadden.com. Follow the conversation on Facebook: Staying Together, Growing Together.
There is a public meeting for all schools involved on Nov. 28, 6:30 p.m. at Crestwood.
Suzanne and James Mills, Cheri and Paul Davidson, Amanda Marshall