parents pissed

Conditions at the Westcliffe rinks are reported at Excellent conditions will have to wait until it’s cold enough to flood.
Students from Franco-Ouest help shovel at the Westcliffe rinks.
Enrollment at the school is way down in spite of great results on standardized tests.
About 20 teachers may have to find work in another school.
Franco-Ouest lost a ton of students when the new grades 7-12 French-language high school opened in Stittsville.
Students from Kanata and Stittsville are no longer bussed to Franco-Ouest.

All 16 portables are still in the parking lot.
Franco-Ouest is full. Other schools near Bells Corners are half-empty and will soon close.
Good-bye to D.A. Moodie Intermediate School.
Unlike some schools nobody wants to fight for you.
Many parents and taxpayers are understandably pissed that walkable neighbourhood schools are being closed by dishonourable shortsighted politicians.

We have too many school boards wasting tax dollars on bussing and administration and dividing neighbourhoods. Vote here (even if you’re Catholic).
Poor Tory queen-bee Lisa MacLeod and her newfound buddy Patrick Brown.
Our Trump-loving flip-flopping Conservative ass-grabbing MPP knows who butters her bread.
Big Liberal politicians are just as bad.
Jim Trump wouldn’t even be mayor if the vote hadn’t been rigged.
Ottawa cabinet members with China Doll.
Ghostly shoppers next to the office where Lisa’s husband mans the command post for the local big businesses and career politicians.
Must have been a slow day for the new Alex.
Valentine’s is a big day for some local businesses like Louise’s place in the Westcliffe plaza.
The Crystal-Beach-Lakeview Community Association’s Winter Carnival is Sun. Jan. 29 10:00-3:00
Maki Park 19 Leeming Drive.
Outdoor winter activites include horse drawn sleigh, giant slingshot, tug of war, crazy skis, snow sculptures, skating, shinny, buck-a-puck, and more. Junkyard Symphony indoors.
Games, canteen and bake sale operated by 116th Scout troop. Cake auction by 67th Girl Guides.
What! Kevin O’Leary is in the lead. Vote here and here.

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3 Responses to parents pissed

  1. soccer mom says:

    In September 2017 D.A. Moodie Intermediate School will close.
    Lakeview Public School will continue as an Early French Immersion program with grade 6 added and will become a JK-grade 6 school for September 2017.
    Bells Corners Public School will continue to be an English and Middle French Immersion program school with grade 6 added and will become a JK–grade 6 school for September 2017.

  2. ottawaowl says:

    Beverley Steinburg-Hutton · Seaway District High School
    When is this bankrupt province going to amalgamate the public and separate school boards and save hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars. This is 2017 not 1867!
    Like · Reply · 14 · Jan 28, 2017 8:06am

    Leslie Meerburg
    Yes. This is stupid. I live in a rural neighbourhood with 20 houses. Every morning, I see a half dozen (tax payer funded) school buses go by, taking kids to all their various schools in all the various boards. So stupid. So much scrambling over location and bussing and administration. It’s ridiculous.
    Like · Reply · 1 · Jan 28, 2017 10:02pm

    Kyle Racine · Ottawa, Ontario
    And queue up the comments for all the people who will scream bloody murder, yet complain that their taxes are too high. Amalgamate schools and Save on taxes. Such a crazy concept.
    Like · Reply · 6 · Jan 27, 2017 10:52pm

    Roberta Archibald · Ottawa, Ontario
    At what point wil the amalgamation of the four school boards be a consideration? Millions of dollars would be saved and the money could be used to hire specialize teachers or buy more resources. Parents would have a greater choice of schools in their communities. This should be at least up for discussion.
    Like · Reply · 3 · Jan 28, 2017 1:51pm

    James Wood · Ottawa, Ontario
    The obvious answer is board amalgamation. The fact that there are 4 boards in a single city is ridiculous.

    Duplication of costs, the heinous administrative costs of operating 4 board offices, paying salaries for board trustees, etc. Ridiculous.

    Also, it seems a bit disingenuous to fully fund adult-ESL education while discussing which children programs to cut…
    Like · Reply · 2 · Jan 28, 2017 12:23pm

    Christine E Thomson · Owner at Bone Voyage
    My son’s school is one of the 8. The board obviously made their decision before September. All these meetings and consultations are a joke. I’ll probably switch boards now for practical reasons but the cost of having 4 boards is ridiculous. Amalgamation is a better idea.
    Like · Reply · 2 · Jan 28, 2017 6:20pm

    Jen Smith · Woodroffe High School
    I agree. I’m an Alternative parent, and face a few tough options. Place my will be Gr 4 child into a school that is farther away, with earlier start and finish times? Place my going into JK twins at the same school, again farther away?
    Place all 3 kids at the public school closest to us (which is listed for a program change) and have my oldest possibly lose all his friends and way of school life?
    Place my 3 kids at different schools?
    Like · Reply · 2 · Jan 28, 2017 8:16pm · Edited

    Colette Sabourin
    Children will thrive in a new school, it is good for them to learn that change is a good thing and they will face changes all their life. Parents get over it.
    Like · Reply · 2 · Jan 28, 2017 8:03am

    Sabina Cragg · Algonquin College
    Agreed. Personally, I believe all the hoopla is not for the kids, it’s for the parents. If a child can walk to school one year but has to be bussed in the next due to school closure, then the parents would have to deal with a change of routine and/or child care. Due to her disability, my daughter went from an area school that took her less than 10 minutes to get to to a school downtown that takes her nearly an hour to get to. As a result, we both have to get up at the crack of stupid to be ready for the bus. Yes, it’s an inconvenience but guess what? We both deal.
    Like · Reply · 1 · Jan 29, 2017 12:27pm

    Barb Smith · Birthday Coordinator at Ottawa Family Cinema
    We need an alternative school west of Woodroffe. Churchill starts too early in the morning and finishes too early in the afternoon. I agree with amalgamation of school boards
    Like · Reply · 1 · Jan 28, 2017 8:25pm

    Connie Hawkins
    Wouldn’t amalgation of school boards result in a much broader disruption of pupils’ lives? Would it not result in more children being split up and redirected?

    Many of you don’t seem to care about the consequences for other childrens’ lives.
    Like · Reply · Jan 28, 2017 4:16pm

    Mike Perreault
    I wonder where the loyalty to schools comes from. I suppose busing and proximity is an issue for some. However, my kids go to great schools. But I don’t think there’s anything special about their schools I am sure they would be just as well served at any number of schools.
    Like · Reply · Jan 28, 2017 11:59am

    Edna Knight Marlow · Ottawa, Ontario
    Over the past few months we have been reading about closing schools, transferring students from here to there.
    Why can’t the French Immersion classes remain in the same school? Our children went to such classes in
    Montréal and there were no problems. Children always do better if learning is kept the same neighbourhood.
    Bussing children around for a couple of hours is a no-brainer. If a school is not quite full, why not use the remaining rooms for
    Youth and Adult Education, Courses of all types: Language, Computer, Technical, Culture, Art.

    Looking ahead, our population is growing with new Canadians and in a few years these classrooms will be required once again.

    Edna K ~ Ottawa
    Like · Reply · 1 · Jan 29, 2017 1:22pm

    Erin Thiessen
    The province is providing less and less money for education, and despite public perception, the Boards of Trustees largely have their hands tied in terms of spending because the vast majority of the money (80% in the OCDSB) is used up in paying salaries to teachers that have guaranteed pay raises every year regardless of merit! Only a powerful government union gets this kind of deal in real life, and then additionally gets paid by the provincial government for negotiating contracts! Once building maintenance is accounted for, the remaining dollars have to stretch so far to accomplish everythi…See More
    Like · Reply · Jan 28, 2017 10:05am

    James Wood · Ottawa, Ontario
    And how, pray tell, would you rate “merit” of a teacher?

    (Full disclosure, I am a teacher, but not a union one. I work at a private school and will be moving to “merit-based” raises in the near future. I also am against the unions, boards, and am not against an across the board (no pun intended) pay cut.)

    Class average? So one year you get a classroom filled with high achievers who are all excellent, and the next year you get a class of students with IEPs, modifications and differntiation and the average goes down. Teacher doesn’t get a raise this year?”

    Participation in extra-curriculars? …See More
    Like · Reply · 1 · Jan 28, 2017 12:29pm

    Erin Thiessen
    James Wood
    I agree that it is absolutely a difficult question and, as with any large bureaucratic organization, it is even more difficult to create a one-size-fits-all solution. I would also allow that we don’t, as a society, want teachers living in poverty, but union teachers right now are extremely well-paid and it is probably out of line with comparable private sector jobs.
    My problem with the issue particularly has more to do with the unions who protect poor teachers (and we all know they are out there too!) because everything is built around seniority and not performance. Administrators…See More
    Like · Reply · 1 · Jan 28, 2017 4:51pm

    Connie Hawkins
    Wouldn’t amalgamation of school boards result in a much broader disruption of pupils’ lives? Would it not result in more children being split up and redirected?

    Many of you don’t seem to care about the consequences for other children’s lives.
    Like · Reply · 1 · Jan 28, 2017 4:28pm

    Kellie Aindow · Senior Delivery Manager at I-Sight
    I agree and i don’t feel that amalgamation is the answer, i think the school board needs to look at their spending specifically the public board.
    Like · Reply · Jan 29, 2017 8:16am

    Mi Sha
    8 is 20 less schools than Ucdsb is proposing
    Like · Reply · 2 · Jan 28, 2017 7:29am

    Jennifer Christensen · UOttawa
    It’s only the number in the western review.
    Like · Reply · 1 · Jan 28, 2017 7:47am

    Grace Ogrady
    Amalgamate before it is too late. If Wynn is afraid of the blow back she should divest the decision to a local authority.
    Like · Reply · Jan 28, 2017 9:08am

    Cynthia Morosnick · Works at Retired
    We should not have publically funded Catholic schools.
    Like · Reply · 1 · Jan 28, 2017 5:11pm

    Charlene Cummings
    Can’t keep schools open that are half full.
    Like · Reply · Jan 28, 2017 10:22am

    Pa Pheng
    Good. Abolish public schools and privatize.
    Like · Reply · Jan 28, 2017 8:06am

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