Open letter to Patrick Rouble, minister of Education:
I am in receipt of your welcome letter of January 26th, and want to say how much I appreciate your response.
It is gratifying your offices are now aware of our concerns respecting very longstanding educational problems here in our community. The initiatives, programs, curricular revisions, as well as efforts to improve school attendance you have outlined are appreciated and will, hopefully, result in successes.
I have had an opportunity to discuss the situation by phone with your superintendant of schools, Mike Woods, and have forwarded some related documents to him by e-mail. He advises that he will be visiting Watson Lake on February 5 and 6, at which time he will be able to discuss some of these issues with parents, teachers and other interested parties. He informs me that he will then forward his findings on to your deputy minister.
As I pointed out to you in my letter of January 26, a great deal of concern has been expressed, centering on the administration of Johnson Elementary School. For example I have attached a copy of a more recent e-mail I have received from a parent who had to leave our community to settle in another town in the South because of the lack of suitable educational standards and practices. I have deleted the name to protect her identity.
Clearly, this and many more serious problems must be identified and resolved. I suggest to you that the implementation of the proposed inquiry would go a long way to find solutions for these difficulties. Now that you have had a chance to review the proposal, and when you have reviewed the information you will receive from Woods, I would appreciate an e-mailed response at your pleasure.
Donald E. Taylor