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  • concerned
    November 10, 2012 - 15:48

    Why is it whenever the government feels the need to cut costs it always turns to the school and health departments? 2 of the most important things in our lives. I wonder how long our government officials drive to get to work? Todays messed about kids are tomorrows voters and the people who will be in charge of our care when we are elderly.

  • Blair
    November 08, 2012 - 14:31

    For the information of "Opposed", I have a child attending Leary's Brook Junior High which is next door to the Avalon Mall. From the time she gets on the bus until it arrives at school it takes 40 minutes.. So you should come inside the overpass and have a look around. You maybe surprised to find that the rural areas, such as Pouch Cove, Bauline,Portugal Cove, Torbay, Flat Rock etc, have been bussing children on long runs for years. If the thirty minutes you mention is a major factor , I don't think you have much to complain about.

  • im from ouside the overpass
    November 08, 2012 - 11:25

    if i read one more stupid comment about government not caring about those beyond the overpass I feel like i will explode... is that all you to say everytime something doesn't go your way? you who say this bring a bad name to us baymen and baywomen... nobody likes a whiner

  • concerned
    November 08, 2012 - 10:29

    This is the same everywhere.. I remember a while back ( about 8 years ago) they were talking about closing Beaconsfield as a High school in the west end of St. John's, after thousands was spent on re-doing Beaconsfield Jr High to turn it into Hazelwood elementary, and turning Beaconsfield Jr high to a High school ...talks are now that a new high school is needed in the west end... government spending more money to reverse a previous decision.... will be the same in Catalina.... a few years down the road.

  • opposed
    November 08, 2012 - 10:19

    no surprise there...of course they are going ahead with the closure of the school.....that was their plan all along....all of these meetings and protest are a waste of time and money...they aren't going to listen. Why would they care about the future of the children living outside the overpass. They don't have to get their kids on a bus and travel the 30 minutes to Bonavista in the fridged cold temps of winter where that road is known to be slippery and dangerous, or they don't have to worry about the kids being combined into a school that isn't big enough and is actually OLDER than the one they are closing.What happens when mold becomes an issue at Matthew Elementary???? Where are you going to ship the kids then....Clarenville???? And why doen'st Glen Little speak up for his town? Wasn't it the good people of the Bonavista area that elected Glen into his cushy job and the thanks you get is him allowing this to happen....I wouldn't cut ties to Bonavista just yet Glen because you are not going to be re-elected at the next provincial election. You are the one that has to go back and live in Bonavista once your term is over, all I can say is may God forgive you for what you have done because the people of Bonavista/ Catalina sure won't. All members of the school board should haul the head out of their backsides and for once do something that is in the best interest of the people on the other side of the over pass!

  • Fred Russell - Port Union
    November 08, 2012 - 08:42

    Mr. Peach & ESDNL Trustees, On Monday October 22th, 2012 children, parents, concerned citizens and municipal leaders attended a consultation session at Discovery Collegiate in Bonavista. The session was in response to the ESDNL’s recommendation to close Catalina Elementary and an opportunity for those opposing this planned closure to have their say. Submissions and presentations were made and all opposed this planned closure. Last evening, Wednesday November 7th, 2012, just 15 days later, at a regular ESDNL Meeting in Shoal Harbour your decision to go ahead with the motion to close Catalina Elementary was tabled and the vote is still set for December 13th in Spanairds Bay. To date concerned citizens have not received any replies to their emails, myself included, as to why you are recommending this closure. NO REPLIES TO OUR EMAILS ! This is simply unbelievable, even after being directed to reply to our emails by Minister Jackman. During those 15 days between the consultation meeting in Bonavista and last evenings meeting in Shoal Harbour what process did you and your board follow? When did you decide to continue with your planned closure ? Did you and your board meet during those 15 days ? Did you chat via video conference, teleconference ? Were there minutes kept ? Which board Trustees are against this motion and planned closure, because there clearly are some ? Were the submissions and presentations made on October 22th listened to, reviewed, revisited, debated or even discussed. Or was it just a process with no meaning ? We as citizens of this province deserve answers to these questions. Catalina Elementary should not close and all the facts presented support that. Your decision to recommend closure is based on no facts. So again I ask, as I have done in numerous emails in the past, why are you recommending to close Catalina Elementary ? And may I suggest that all Trustees take some time to familiarize themselves with their Code Of Ethic from the ESDNL Website. http://www.esdnl.ca/about/policies/esd/B_BCA.pdf Fred Russell Port Union

  • Fred Russell - Port Union
    November 08, 2012 - 08:41

    Mr. Peach & ESDNL Trustees, On Monday October 22th, 2012 children, parents, concerned citizens and municipal leaders attended a consultation session at Discovery Collegiate in Bonavista. The session was in response to the ESDNL’s recommendation to close Catalina Elementary and an opportunity for those opposing this planned closure to have their say. Submissions and presentations were made and all opposed this planned closure. Last evening, Wednesday November 7th, 2012, just 15 days later, at a regular ESDNL Meeting in Shoal Harbour your decision to go ahead with the motion to close Catalina Elementary was tabled and the vote is still set for December 13th in Spanairds Bay. To date concerned citizens have not received any replies to their emails, myself included, as to why you are recommending this closure. NO REPLIES TO OUR EMAILS ! This is simply unbelievable, even after being directed to reply to our emails by Minister Jackman. During those 15 days between the consultation meeting in Bonavista and last evenings meeting in Shoal Harbour what process did you and your board follow? When did you decide to continue with your planned closure ? Did you and your board meet during those 15 days ? Did you chat via video conference, teleconference ? Were there minutes kept ? Which board Trustees are against this motion and planned closure, because there clearly are some ? Were the submissions and presentations made on October 22th listened to, reviewed, revisited, debated or even discussed. Or was it just a process with no meaning ? We as citizens of this province deserve answers to these questions. Catalina Elementary should not close and all the facts presented support that. Your decision to recommend closure is based on no facts. So again I ask, as I have done in numerous emails in the past, why are you recommending to close Catalina Elementary ? And may I suggest that all Trustees take some time to familiarize themselves with their Code Of Ethic from the ESDNL Website. http://www.esdnl.ca/about/policies/esd/B_BCA.pdf Fred Russell Port Union

  • Kathleen Burt
    November 07, 2012 - 21:46

    I wonder why the Eastern School Board can hold their public consultations with Swift Current Academy in Swift Current Academy, but Catalina Elementary parents have to travel to Bonavista and go to Discovery Collegiate. This seems very disrespectful to our community.