Letter to HRSB

With respect to the Halifax Regional School Board,

Please support Lynn MacGregor and her motion to freeze the constuction of the proposed South End Elementary at this week’s School Board meeting.

In June 2003, at the request of the Halifax Regional School Board, the provincial government approved the construction of a big box elementary school for the southern peninsula with a proposed student population of 700 children.

The construction of this school would force the closure of Saint Mary’s, Le Marchant St Thomas, and Inglis Street elementary schools.

Three and a half years later, there has been no public consultation regarding these actions, even though three elementary schools are to be closed.

The Department of Education recently conducted A Review of the School Closure Process in Nova Scotia; the report and recommendations are due in spring 2007.

We request that the school board freeze the new construction until the results of the school closure review are available, and we ask for the board’s support for a public consultation process to review how these decisions affect our communities.

Marnie MacLennan, Waye Mason and Paula Simpson-O’Brien on behalf of concerned parents and citizens of district 9.

Letter sent Thursday Nov 23 to HRBS Board members, staff, and senior staff at the Department of Education