Local News

Town and School Division meet with government on school project

Town of Morinville staff met Monday with representatives of Sturgeon School Division and the provincial government to push forward the new public 5-9 school project.

Council was briefed Tuesday evening on the discussions about the proposed site for a new public school in Morinville, which involved staff from the Alberta Transportation, Education, and Infrastructure departments. […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Letter: Children need public Junior high school

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… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: So here we are – now what?

“I’m sorry; Johnny cannot come out to play with you because your mom took away his school.”

Although not exactly the verbiage used, it is not far off what we are hearing and feeling in the streets of Morinville post town hall meeting with Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk Mar. 15… […]

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Local News

Morinville parents take schooling complaints to human rights commission

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Displeased with what they see as buck passing from the provincial government, three Morinville and two former Morinville residents have filed complaints against Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division No. 29 (GSACRD) with the Alberta Human Rights Commission, a quasi-judicial body that hears complaints of discrimination.
Morinville resident Marjorie Kirsop and former Morinville resident Donna Hunter filed separate complaints in November under section 11.1 of the Alberta Human Rights Act, and Hunter filed a separate Section 4 complaint in December. Three other parents also filed Section 4 complaints with the Alberta Human Rights Commission in November and December… […]

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Morinville

Secular school plans moving ahead, GSACRD and province say

By Stephen Dafoe

Morinville – Modular school units for a secular program will be in place no later than this December, Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division (GSACRD) Superintendent David Keohane said Tuesday morning. The superintendent refuted the notion a delay in their placement has anything to do with a dispute between his division and the province…. […]

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Local News

GSACRD survey results to be revealed Thursday

By MorinvilleNews.com Staff

Morinville – After contracting Pivotal Research Inc. to conduct a survey of Morinville parents on the desire for a secular program in Morinville, the results are about to be revealed. The Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division (GSACRD) will be holding an info session at the Morinville Community High School Thursday night at 7 p.m. to discuss future education options in the community… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Letter: Open letter to Minister of Education

Mr. Hancock:

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… […]

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Editorial & Opinion

Editorial: Closed door meetings and door knocking censuses

Two days after Education Minister Dave Hancock met with board members from Greater St. Albert Regional Catholic Division No. 29 (GSACRD), it came out that one of the commitments made to the minister was GSACRD would conduct an impartial survey of Morinville parents as to the extent of interest in secular education. .. […]

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Letter: Satisfied parents respond to Morinville school issue

Dear Editor:

The debate over secular education in Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional Division (GSACRD) has caused many to take a closer look at how education is delivered in the communities of Morinville and Legal. Emotion aside, the facts need to be paramount to this discussion. Many people have made a conscious decision to choose Morinville and Legal as their home. In order to accommodate such a diverse group of people, our Public/Catholic system clearly “Welcomes students… […]