By Letter to the Editor on December 18, 2019.
One of the many great reasons of raising a family in Lethbridge is our school community and the educational opportunities we have. Getting those children to those places of learning has, for over 50 years, been accomplished by a seamless, unique partnership between our two local school boards and the City of Lethbridge.
We understand that the funding for this comes from the province and, because of outstanding stewardship by the partners, have been able to accomplish this on a cost-neutral basis. We believe this arrangement has provided a level of safety and service that has put parents’ minds at ease throughout the school year. It is not until change is considered do we start to fully appreciate the impact this relationship has on the day-to-day raising of our kids.
This change has come swiftly and city council has made the decision with little debate and zero community engagement. Because of the unique advantages of living in a collaborative community such as Lethbridge, we would hope to be able have a discussion from a values-based perspective. All we have is a heavily redacted operational review, and little rationale from city council.
Lisa Althouse, Chair, G.S. Lake Middle School Parent Council
Kristina Hurkens, Chair, Westminster Elementary School Parent Council
Megan Krysa, Chair, Senator Buchanan Elementary School Parent Council
Edwina Giesbrecht, Chair, Chinook High School Parent Council
Stephanie Bekkering, Chair, Immanuel Christian School Parent Council
Alison Pike, Vice-Chair, Division School Council
Rachelle Ririe, Chair, Lakeview Elementary School Parent Council
Shane Mann, Chair, Wilson Middle School Parent Council
Brooke Culley, Chair, Division School Council
Edna Asem, Chair, Lethbridge Christian School Parent Council
Nancy Mitchell, Chair, Winston Churchill High School Parent Council
Nadine Bosma, Chair, General Stewart School Parent Council
Sarah Baker, Secretary, Mike Mountain Horse School Council
Courtney Edmonds, Chair, Dr. Probe Parent Council