I received this public notice in the Morinville Free Press today for the GSACRD contracted Pivotal Survey. I attached it to this email. I am upset, but not surprised. I am one of the parents who attended the April 11th meeting with GSACRD concerning the Morinville census, now downsized to a survey, and wanted to be a part of the discussion with an agreed upon, impartial count of residents. We, the parents who attended, were told ‘no’. GSACRD has already contracted Pivotal Research and we will not be permitted to speak on our behalf directly. Our input is to be interpreted by GSACRD and forwarded by GSACRD to Pivotal Research. The statement below reflects the bias of GSACRD and lack of Morinville parent representation of what has been asked for and denied.
Here is the preamble for the GSACRD advertisement in the Morinville Free Press:
“In response to a request for an education option in the community that does not include any religious instruction, references, symbols or celebrations, GSACRD has contracted Pivotal Research Inc. to conduct an impartial, non-biased survey to determine the level of interest and support.”
1) The parent delegation asked for a public education like that of other public schools in Alberta as written in the Constitution. The school day may be opened with the Lord’s Prayer and the day may end with 30 minutes of Religious instruction for those who wish it (opt-in). To say we have requested that our children’s education does not include ANY religious instruction, references, symbols or celebrations is absolutely FALSE.
-I want the religion that is written in the Constitution being opt-in verses GSACRD’s mandatory Catholic permeation.
-I want our Christmas concert as other Public school have them with songs like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer not an hour long concert on the Catholic Jesus.
-Opt-in Religion class would be the place for religious instruction and symbols.
2) We do not need to determine interest as the parent delegation has formally requested it. We need to have a formal registration for public non-denominational option.
3) How can we get hard numbers if only a sample survey of ‘support’ is being conducted?
All we, as members of the Morinville parent delegation, have ever wanted was a public school with the Alberta Public Curriculum not the Separate Catholic version of that Curriculum.
We need an impartial party to administer this, not GSACRD! They are biased and wish to remain Catholic Public to the exclusion of public. If one calls themselves Catholic and Public then both educations must be available not just Catholic.
We need someone to work with both of the parties involved and not have filtered representation by GSACRD. The parents of Morinville need representation and help, we are being falsely represented through this ad and poorly treated with the constant denial of our request.
If GSACRD cannot be a Public Division then maybe they should cease to be our division. Sturgeon School Division is a public division and a willing division. I think it is time to rezone Morinville and then a true Separate school could form if residents so desire it.