We’ve mentioned the Grapevine a number of times before on Ww. We wish the articles were more punchy but not everyone is a pugilist. The submissions they choose to print are meant to appeal to a certain segment of Wolfville’s population and for the most part are very useful and informative.
In this issue, [#324, 12 pages long!!] there is an update on the AVRSB review [link is PDF!] submitted by Lisa from the Wolfville Home and School giving the 2 recommendations that affect Wolfville School:
Recommendation # 6
It is recommended that effective September 1, 2011 the grade 9 classes currently served at Hantsport School and Wolfville School attend Horton High School.
Recommendation # 7
It is recommended that effective September 1, 2011 the grade 6 classes currently served at Gaspereau Valley Elementary School and L. E. Shaw Elementary School be served at Wolfville School and Hantsport School.
Lisa didn’t include the rationale for the recommendations given in the AVRSB doc linked above so we will share it here.
Although these recommendations do not result in a consolidation of the middle level students in this area the arguments in support of retaining the middle level in both communities were supported and well articulated on both an academic and community level. The implementation of these two recommendations will not result in increased bussing of students and will allow the significant number of walking students currently residing in Wolfville and Hantsport to avoid daily bussing until grade 9. The Board currently operates middle level programs in P to 8, 6 to 8 and 6 to 12 configurations and will be able to support these two P to 8 configurations. The inclusion of the grade 6 classes from GVES and LESES will provide for uniform program delivery at the middle level in this area. The challenge of program delivery in small elementary and middle schools is a growing situation across the entire Board operation and new strategies are continuously being investigated to address student needs as effectively as possible. [emph ours]
It seems the argument about increased busing had impact. The recommendations have to be approved yet so we are all asked to got to the meeting May 5th Wolfville School Gym 7 pm to look everyone in the eye.
On page 3 there’s a blurb to highlight the new video rental shop on Main St, Cinematopia. We always welcome new businesses to Town [we do it quite often] but we are too often sorry to see them go again. We could use fewer new businesses and more venerable businesses, but in any case we wish Megan Haliburton well in the new endeavor.
On page 10 there is a submission from Dick Groot on the Wolfville Community Fund which is of interest to us [We wonder why he didn’t submit it to Ww?] It reviews the findings of the Vital Signs report, then Dick gives readers his insights on the challenges of poverty [bet he never had to borrow a pair of shoes to go to work, but we digress] and then, the best part, he tells us what the plans are for the money the WCF has been given. Here’s what he says:
What is the WCF Doing?
Poverty is clearly the issue that needs our granting priority and we are soliciting proposals for projects that address poverty in the longer term. The process will be as follows.
1. We make investments into projects that have a lasting positive impact on reducing poverty, especially on our children.
2. There are two grants of $ 500 and one of $ 1,000 available at this point. [Odd amount – we thought they were given $5,000 each from the WBDC and from the Town – not to mention office space and supplies.Does the other 80% go to administration?]
3. There will be a request for project proposals in early May 2010 [like now?]
4. The request for project proposals will be advertised widely. [here too?]
5. Projects will be evaluated in terms that will be published [why not give us the terms now?]
6. We will publish project progress reports at least annually [We’ll hold you to that Dick. Since you have public money now you are accountable to us taxpayers!]
7. There will be ongoing consultation with the Sounding Board [what’s that?] and agencies relevant to poverty mitigation [such as?] to assure continuing relevance and co-ordination of efforts.
Perhaps we can think of a proposal.
Going back to page 3 we noticed this Editor’s update which we commend. We hope Jeremy doesn’t mind us quoting parts of it.
We drop 180 copies of the Grapevine at the Wolfville post office every two-weeks. It’s by far our biggest distribution point and I know some people schedule their week to pick up a Thursday copy. Our post office is an important place to gather all sorts of written and verbal local information …
To me respecting the norm means respecting the area. I don’t mind sorting and re-stacking other brochures on the counter because I hope others will do the same if the Grapevines are in a messy condition. Respect goes deeper than this however. There’s another publication in town called The Mud Creek News. The two fellas [sic] who run it are incredibly engaged on a civic level and, like them or not, they are putting in a commendable amount of work with their efforts. When I heard this week that their publication often ends up being removed or in the garbage I was disgusted. If you don’t agree with their points, don’t pick it up. If you wish to make your points be known, submit an article or start your own paper. That’s what they did. Jeremy Novak
To which we say hear, hear.