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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Rutherford parents made case clearly

At the open house discussion at Rutherford School, the traffic situation was an emotional concern

To the editor,

Re: Parents question school catchment boundaries, Feb. 1.

As I was reading the article highlighting the concerns of parents whose children will be facing long walks along Hammond Bay Road going to Frank J. Ney in the fall, I nearly spit out my coffee. I could not believe I read that assistant superintendent Tim Davie said the district has received probably less than a handful of formal complaints.

That is hysterical! If I wasn’t laughing so hard, I’d be crying.

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Was Davie napping during the incredibly well-documented and researched presentation regarding the possible hazards of that specific walk during the lengthy ‘Rutherford trials’ at the convention centre?

At the open house discussion at Rutherford School, the traffic situation was a highly emotional concern of many people in the room.

Did he not read all of the letters that were thoughtfully hand written by a room full of our students?

I was there, along with many others in our incredible community, for all of the above events and many more. Time was spent away from family, work and school because I used to think that it would be worth it. That if we could simply share the obvious signs that our school was needed. Not just for emotional reasons, but for very practical ones as well. I thought it would be heard and carefully considered.

Why on Earth would any parent waste one more minute communicating with a board and staff who have repeatedly shown us there is zero point – because they don’t respond to or even consider any of the blatant signs that what they have done is wrong?

Diedre Gillis, Nanaimo

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