Rob Hutchins will make a great trustee

Ladysmith parent Brian Thom feels Rob Hutchins is a good addition to the School District 79 board.

Editor:

I was one of many parents who came to Rob Hutchins and other members of council last year to ask them to look seriously at aligning with School District 79 (SD79).

As a parent of two boys who have been frustratingly under-served by School District 68 (SD68) for eight years now, I am certain Ladysmith as a community would do much better in SD79. We do not have to be held hostage to a Nanaimo-centric board that has consistently (over at least the last three boards who were elected) not made decisions that are good for Ladysmith.

Last year, SD68 closed Davis Road, shunted Grade 7s off to high school, relocated French Immersion out of town and left Ladysmith with NOTHING concrete in their 10-year facility plan. These plans were all done so that SD68 could prioritize a $90-plus-million rebuild of Nanaimo District Secondary School, a project (if the ministry funds it at all) that will take nearly all facilities funding for this district for a generation of kids.

Numerous Ladysmith parents have already voted with their feet and pulled out of the district. We have many kids from our town now going to Chemainus Elementary, St. Joseph’s, to the private schools, to the new Stz’uminus schools or just doing learn at home.

In fact, our town has a disproportionate number of kids aged five to 12 (compared to both provincial and Vancouver Island averages) not actually attending public school in our town (46 per cent!).

My wife and I now drive our kids to École Mt Prevost in Duncan and are relieved to be at a school that is reasonably well resourced and functioning normally.

I think Rob Hutchins will make a great trustee, and I hope that our neighbours in Saltair and south see value in having someone with that much experience in the public school system and local government, come make positive contributions.

Having an informed advocate for our town (whose borders actually already dip down into SD79) on the SD79 school board will go a long ways to making sure we are on the table for serious consideration. It will make for useful synergies where right now there are silencing silos.

Brian Thom

Ladysmith

 

Just Posted

Ladysmith marijuana producer bought by Aphria in $230M deal

Ontario licensed marijuana producer Aphria has reached an agreement to acquire Ladysmith-based… Continue reading

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

CVRD hikes fire protection requisition limit for rural Ladysmith by 25 per cent

Cowichan Valley Regional District is increasing the annual requisition limit for fire… Continue reading

Ladysmith runner reaches podium on new Pioneer 8K course

Meg Lewis-Schneider with CeeVacs Roadrunners Club sets event record

B.C. boy denied $19,000-per-month drug to ease ‘crippling pain’ for 3rd time

Sooke mom Jillian Lanthier says son Landen Alexa has been forgotten about by Premier John Horgan

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

UPDATE: City of Nanaimo senior manager dismissed

Chief operations officer Brad McRae no longer employed by the city

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

Ex-BC Liberal staffer focused on ‘favourable’ ethnic communities in scandal: lawyer

Former communications director Brian Bonney’s sentencing hearing for breach of trust is underway

Most Read