Learning Centre should stay put

Yet another example of shortsighted thinking is taking place, education treated as a corporation, with money being more important.

Editor:

It seems yet another example of shortsighted thinking is taking place, education being treated as a corporation, money (or something?) being seen as more important than human lives and hearts.

The Bulkley Valley Learning Centre is “morphing”.

Some of the students are heading to a small room at the NWCC and the younger ones are going to have to blend into the high school, while the purpose-built still-new building sits empty.

Gone are the wonderful food program, the breakfasts and weekly luncheons along with cooking instruction, and special meals served several times a year.

Also going are the custom-made programs for those who need them.

Gone is the opportunity to be known in depth and helped through the ripples of life.

Gone is the chance to interact with consistent and caring staff throughout one’s high school career.

Gone is the no-pressure-to-get-a-diploma-in-four-years phenomenon.

Gone is the family feeling associated with growing with a group, a feeling I’ve witnessed and felt first-hand as a staff member for 4.5 years.

The BVLC is an important institution.

It isn’t broken.

It doesn’t need to be fixed.

I feel the need for an alternative school still exists, and the proposed changes will leave the needs of most of the students un-met and compromise the quality of their teenage years.

Hopefully the BVLC building, with its architecturally welcoming atmosphere, will be kept in reserve to be re-opened soon, as I feel the students need their safe haven, where they have a sense they matter and they belong.

Paulie Haines

Smithers

 

Just Posted

Regional unemployment rate drops

But fewer people are working overall

Competition and camaraderie

The tables were turned on one hockey mom: ‘Two hands, mom! Stick on the ice! Skate! Offside!’

Coastal GasLink gets interim injunction against Unist’ot’en

The LNG pipeline company can start work Monday with enforcement approved by court.

Smithers Christmas Bird Count

Time to register for the annual bird count, an effort done across the hemisphere.

They’re engaged!

Birthday party turns into engagement party for Doug and Matilda

Story of the Year: Deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash

The Canadian Press annual survey of newsrooms across the country saw 53 out of 129 editors cast their votes for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Canadians to get low-cost data-only mobile phone plans within 90 days: CRTC

Bell, Rogers and Telus will provide plans as cheap as 250MB for $15

Man rescued from sinking boat off the coast of Vancouver Island

Mayday call came into Coast Guard saying vessel had taken on water, BC Ferries dispatched to scene

Four per cent of Canadian women report being sexually harassed in the workplace

One per cent of men report being sexually harassed in the workplace

Stricter drunk driving laws to take effect across Canada today

It gives police officers the right to ask for a breath sample from any driver they lawfully stop

The prize was wrong: Man turns down trip to Manitoba

A New Hampshire man won the prize on “The Price is Right”, but turned it down because the taxes were too high

Publication ban on name of girl killed in Abbotsford school lifted

Reimer’s family had supported an application by Black Press to lift ban

B.C. securities regulator probes ‘most expansive’ alleged trading scheme in its history

Liht Cannabis Corp states it’s doing internal investigation, welcomes BC Securities Commission probe

Air passenger rights: 6 things about what the Liberals are offering

For 3- to 6-hour delays, compensation is $400. Between 6 and 9 hours, $700. Over 9 hours is $1,000

Most Read