To whom it may concern,
We are the parents of two children who currently attend the Morinville Public School. The creation of this school came as a huge relief to us and our family but we are now anxious as our oldest daughter is in Grade 5 and it won’t be long before she’s in junior high with nowhere to go.
In 2007, we moved to Morinville as we wanted our children to grow up in a small, safe community. Two years ago we built our dream home with the intention of growing old and retiring in this lovely town. Never in our wildest dreams did we anticipate that our children may not have a school to attend. As we understand, non-Catholic children are now being turned away from the ONLY junior high school in this town. Apparently, they can make room if you’re Catholic but the rest of us can what? Home school? Be bussed out of town? This is completely absurd!!
noun: discrimination; plural noun: discriminations
the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.
How is it that our family … hard working, law abiding, philanthropic, PROUD CANADIANS could potentially be deprived of education for our children in our own town??? I can’t even begin to comprehend this reality.
As mentioned above, we moved to this community in an effort to keep our children as safe as possible. We certainly do not consider putting our girls on a bus, for two hours each day, to commute to and from school on highways and/or back roads to a remote location out of town safe. Our winter roads are often treacherous and we would not feel comfortable with this option at all.
Can you please tell us what the plans entail, including timelines, for access to public education for junior and senior high school children in the Town of Morinville.
If a junior high school is not ready by the time our daughter grows out of the Morinville Public School, we would like to know our options. Please tell us specifically what we are to do. After everything we as a family have been through to get where we are, it would be devastating if we had to move in order to keep our children both safe AND educated!!