Masset parents want school staffing resolved by Wednesday

  • Mar. 17, 2006 10:00 a.m.

About forty people attended a meeting in Masset Thursday evening to talk about the effects on students that moving the principal from the Masset to the Queen Charlotte high school will have.
“We gave a whole scenario of the whole shuffle. It has a domino effect, especially at Tahayghen”, Shirley Kricheldorf of the Tahayghen Elementary PAC said. Ms Kricheldorf said she was particularly concerned about the grade 4s, who soon will have a basic skills test, with the results playing a big part in how the school is rated by the province.
The issue got going earlier this month when the school board decided to cover a leave for the principal at the Queen Charlotte high school. Its plan involves sending the principal from GM Dawson in Masset to Queen Charlotte, and moving the principal from Tahayghen to GM Dawson.
Ms Kricheldorf says the move could affect as many as 450 students at the three schools. “Â…that’s what we are angry about,” she said.
The meeting resulted in a list of possible solutions to be presented to the school board. The Masset group is holding another meeting Tuesday evening, and hopes school district officials will attend.
Ms Kricheldorf said she has a positive feeling about the outcome, but remains concerned about the lack of communication between the school board and parents.
“It’s a trust issue, it has been harmed,” she said, “we’d like them to mend the relationship by reconsidering the decision.”
Her bottom line? She wants a solution by the middle of next week. “We want them all back to normal by Wednesday morning,” Ms Kricheldorf said, “we just want it all back to normal.”

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