The Master Plan Facilities Committee proved once again to be nothing more than a joke by recommending closure of both Meagher and Sophie Finn schools.
For a brief period the committee was expanded to about 50 people and I was asked to be a member. I agreed with the understanding that the committee would consider ALL options. This turned out to be a false promise from the School Board.
Almost from the moment the "expanded" committee began, the School Board interfered and limited discussion. I and another member proposed considering a proposal to remove the 9th grade from the High School and return the 6th grade to elementary schools. The savings to the taxpayers would have been significant. I even produced studies proving that 6th graders did best in elementary schools.
The School Board refused to even consider the idea. Thereafter, a directive was issued to the "expanded" committee informing them they could not even consider any proposals other than closing a school or converting to a ridiculous format whereby kids would go through K-2 and then go to another building for 3-5.
I said publicly that the committee was a joke and that the Board had already made up its mind. Now, they have proven this to be so. Rather than continue to allow people such as myself to speak out at the meetings, the Board cut down the "expanded" committee to only those people the Board trusted to do as they were told. People like myself who disagreed were shown the door.
Once again, it is the City of Kingston that gets the shaft. Two of the city schools are to be closed and our kids sent throughout the county by bus.
I am urging city residents to rise up in protest against the School Board. The School Board elections are coming in May. Let's make a concerted effort to get out and vote the incumbents out of office. We can only replace 4 this year, but can get 3 more next year out of office and take control of the School Board. Then, we will have the votes to reopen Meagher and Sophie Finn Schools. Perhaps then we can finally see a School Board that listens to the public and does right by our city.