Wednesday, May 20, 2009

School Boards reflect similar conflicts to the Cities

While my concern is with having too many municipalities for such a small population, the news regarding the Greater Victoria school district getting a two-week spring break next year is of interest.

School trustees voted unanimously in favour of extending the 2010 break to two weeks from one. The decision applies to all schools in Greater Victoria School District 61, which includes Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Victoria, View Royal and a portion of Saanich and Highlands.

Now given that families may have children in different school districts, or at a minimum friends, cousins etc., it is illogical that children in the same Region could have different spring breaks. Private schools always did have a two-week break, but the majority of students have had the same break in all the public schools. The same week, the same length of time.

The fact students, their parents and the parents' employers, could be faced with different breaks in the same “City” suggests that not only should the cities amalgamate but so might the School Boards.

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