Open Letter to Minister of Education Patrick Rouble:
Further to my letter of January 19th, proposing solutions to long standing problems relating to Watson Lake schools, I would draw your attention to a specific matter of deep concern.
I also wish to propose an additional recommendation designed to resolve that issue, and perhaps other related problems as well.
Following discussions with Watson Lake residents, I have been assured there are currently no problems respecting the administration of the secondary school. However, I am repeatedly being informed of widespread concern and dissatisfaction regarding administrative policies and practices, past and present, being employed at the Watson Lake Elementary School.
Regrettably this appears to have resulted in a loss of many students, as parents have unfortunately been forced to seek better educational opportunities for their children elsewhere in Canada. This situation has existed for far too long, and there is no doubt whatsoever that this very serious matter requires immediate attention and certainly warrants an in-depth review by your department. In this regard I respectfully propose the following:
1) That, as soon as possible, and prior to the 2009/10 school year, an uninvolved, impartial person, or persons, be appointed to undertake an in-depth, fair and unbiased inquiry into the administrative functions, policies and practices, past and present, being utilized at the Watson Lake Elementary School.
2) That, the appointed person or persons, while undertaking the inquiry, consult with parents, teachers and staff, local school boards, the town of Watson Lake, involved First Nations, and regional residents generally.
3) That, when the inquiry has concluded, such appointed person or persons report their findings and recommendations to the minister, who in turn will pass these on to those who participated in the inquiry, and to the general public by means of the media.
In conclusion, I would once again ask that you and your colleagues give this proposal your early consideration, with a view to implementing the proposed inquiry prior to the end of the current school year.
Again, I will be forwarding a copy of this letter to the media and other interested parties to keep area residents informed about this matter of regional concern. I would appreciate an e-mailed response at your pleasure.
Donald. E. Taylor
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