Education belongs to the community

Help protect locally elected boards of education !

 

No doubt you have heard or read of “transformational change” in kindergarten to Grade 12 education in Saskatchewan. The provincial government started using the phrase after the June budget projected a large deficit in tough economic times—a deficit that has since grown to a projected $1 billion. Although no detail was given, it was widely understood this pending change was driven to save money and “find efficiencies” among school divisions in our province.

In mid-November, Deputy Premier and Minister of Education Don Morgan appointed Dan Perrins to lead a governance review of kindergarten to Grade 12 education. Minister Morgan went on record in the media stating that amalgamating school divisions and eliminating elected boards of education, and replacing them with government appointed boards, were possibilities.

Mr. Perrins’ report has been given to Minister Morgan and is available at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/share-your-thoughts-on-the-k-12-education-governance-review. A link to the report is also included on this web page.

My personal conviction—and that of my fellow trustees with Light of Christ Catholic Schools and our 27 sister boards across the province—is that local representation in education is crucial in a democratic society. Locally elected boards are accountable to the electorate and help hold the provincial government to account. They are important advocates for ensuring excellence in education. Who better to serve the needs of students—which are unique to each division, and even each school within divisions—than those elected by our community to represent our community?

Our experience with school board amalgamations in Saskatchewan (conducted about 10 years ago) is that they are disruptive and time consuming for boards, teachers, parents and school communities; and there were virtually no cost savings realized. School divisions are responsible stewards of our resources and are constantly finding ways to stretch resources and find efficiencies. We need to ask ourselves: would more amalgamations make education better? Would they increase reading and math proficiencies? Would they improve graduation rates?

I ask that you show your support for education in Saskatchewan and help ensure locally elected boards of education are maintained as vital aspects of our thriving democracy and hallmarks of education in Saskatchewan.

Complete the Ministry of Education’s online survey by January 15 http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/public-consultations/share-your-thoughts-on-the-k-12-education-governance-review

Contact your local Member of Legislative Assembly.

Mr. Herb Cox
1991 – 100th Street North, North Battleford, SK, S9A0X2
Phone: (306)445-5195 Fax: (306)445-5196
E-mail: herbcox@sasktel.net

Mr. Larry Doke
Box 850, Maidstone, SK S0M 1M0
Phone: (306)893-2619 Fax: (306)893-2660
E-mail: larrydoke@sasktel.net

Hon. Scott Moe:
Box 115 – 34 Main Street, Shellbrook, SK, S0J2E0
Phone: (306)747-3422 Fax: (306)747-3472
E-mail: scottmoe.mla@sasktel.net

Mr. Randy Weekes
PO Box 1413 – 106 3rd Ave. W., Biggar, SK, S0K0M0
Phone: (306)948-4880 Fax: (306)948-4882
E-mail: randyweekes.mla@accesscomm.ca

Minister of Education, Hon. Don Morgan
#109 – 3502 Taylor St. E., Saskatoon, SK, S7H5H9
Phone: (306)955-4755 Fax: (306)955-4765
E-mail: don.morgan@saskparty.com

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Glen Gantefoer, Board of Education Chair – Light of Christ Catholic Schools