Keep Puntledge at Puntledge

Dear editor,

I attended the Dec. 7 School Board meeting on the proposal to close Ecole Puntledge Park and was shocked by the seemingly entrenched position of the board. Despite compelling evidence from the committed parent and community members regarding the threats to student learning, active transport, student safety and irreplaceable nature connection and its myriad benefits, the board seemed undeterred. They seem determined to sacrifice a thriving school that is a model for student success. Why?

They say it is to save money but the more one listens to the specifics of the plan, the less sure even they sound about what will be saved. All that is sure is what will be forever lost: a safe, successful neighbourhood school, securely nestled beneath old growth trees, beside a salmon spawning stream that is at the very heart of the Puntledge Park community.

Ecole Puntledge Park is worth preserving!

I urge you to learn more at change.org and join with us to keep Puntledge at Puntledge.

L. Celest Henderson

Courtenay