Like it or not, Cedar is part of school district

We rally, we help our neighbours and fight for what is right.

To the Editor,

Re: Re-opening school only benefits Cedar, Letters, April 21.

I was deeply appalled at what the letter writers had to say. Neither one lives in Cedar so they cannot possibly understand the impact this has had on our community. Yes, we rally, we help our neighbours and fight for what is right.

You do not get to take away our school just so town gets a new Nanaimo District Secondary School – that too is a special interest. I fought long and hard back in the ’80s to get Cedar a high school and was so pleased when we got one. Cedar high school was full at time of closing despite the comment that we are a small, sparsely populated community or the comment that we are a small minority of the population. I am sure were the tables turned you would have no problem with Area A (Cassidy, Cedar, Yellow Point, South Wellington) paying for your new high school in town. We all pay for our whole school district and believe it or not, like it or not, Cedar is a part of School District 68.

My deepest congratulations to my community and to the new trustee.

Shirley GuehoCedar

 

To the Editor,

Re: Re-opening school only benefits Cedar, Letters, April 21.

It has been an interesting six months watching the aftermath of the November 2014 elections. I have attended a number of School District 68 meetings, as well as a couple of the Your Voice community round tables. It is astounding to observe the level of acrimony and unproductive behaviour by a number of the former school trustees. It appears their main objective is to publicly insult and ridicule the decisions of the newly elected school board.

The elections brought a phenomenal changeover of trustees in this district, with seven new faces at the table. The voters of Nanaimo and Ladysmith spoke loud and clear in a pursuit for change.

I have been wondering if the former trustees might have been more successful if they had put this much energy into guiding our district in a better direction. I would encourage the former trustees to start showing up with fresh strawberries, rather than sour grapes.

Lisa BuryNanaimo