Letters: Fix needs for school

Councillor says school yard needs to be maintained

After recieving some phone calls about the drainage conditions at Ecole Poirier Elementary school I decided to investigate.

What I found was a clear case of poor design and a complete lack of regular maintenance to ditches and culverts. If the school board were to inspect these conditions I am sure that relief would be forthcoming. There is simply no excuse for these conditions and with the heavy tax burden paid by Sooke residents, any reasonable person would expect better facilities.

Children should not be expected to bring multiple sets of clothing and footwear just to play outside. There is standing water six inches deep for 100 square feet outside of the new portable and the drain is much too high to be effective.The parking lot floods everytime it rains because the bioswail (ditch) is overgrown and thus creates a dam.

I understand the school principle has complained many times but budget shortfalls are the excuse by the board.

Does this mean that all our schools will fall apart because we can’t budget for regular maintenance?

The people of Sooke send over $2 million to School District 62 for education and I believe reasonable conditions should be compulsory for a quality education.

I do not have any kids in school but I echo the concerns of those that do. If the union and the board will allow it, I will be happy to fix the obvious issues on my own dime.

As for the sewer smells and the outfall into Demamiel Creek, ”well” thats another letter altogether and I never like to speak out of turn.

Herb Haldane

Sooke

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Uptown lights up the holiday season

Annual event drew crowd of all ages for parade and Christmas tree lighting

New figures show City of Victoria spent $30,000 to remove Macdonald statue

Contentious decision sparked controversy, apology from mayor

Man arrested in Colwood sentenced for trafficking fentanyl

The man was arrested in February and has been sentenced to three years imprisonment

West Shore youth looking to give back this Christmas

Chase Doucette will hand out bags of warm apparel to the homeless

Local leaders of all ages honoured at National Philanthropy Day event

Awards in six categories given to Victoria residents who are leaders in giving back

REPLAY: B.C’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Canadian dead more than a week after plane crash in Guyana: Global Affairs

Global Affairs said it couldn’t provide further details on the identity of the Canadian citizen

Children between 6 and 9 eligible for $1,200 RESP grant from province

BC Ministry of Education is reminding residents to apply before the deadline

Privacy concerns over credit card use for legal online pot purchases

Worries follow privacy breaches at some Canadian cannabis retailers

NEB approves operating pressure increase to repaired Enbridge pipeline

The pipeline burst outside of Prince George on Oct. 9, now operating at 85 per cent

B.C. VIEWS: Setting speed limits in a post-fact political environment

Media prefer ‘speed kills’ narrative, even when it fails to appear

Controversy erupts over Japanese flag in B.C. classroom (updated)

Online petition demanding removal has collected more than 5,700 signatures

Death toll rises to 76 in California fire with winds ahead

Nearly 1,300 people remain unaccounted for more than a week after the fire began

Most Read