Re: Cowichan high school splitting into academic Cow High and arts based Quamichan, taking choices away from students and parents.
In a long line of bad decisions by our past and present trustees/board of education, this has to be the worst.
There is absolutely no need for an arts-based high school. Students already have every choice of pursuing arts outside of school in the Cowichan Valley. School is the only place available to learn academics.
In the past much money was spent on free busing to any school of choice, yet there were not even enough (old, not new) textbooks for each student, never mind online access, class websites or computers for students like many, many B.C. schools have. That is still the case in classrooms today.
Cowichan high school is the only school in Canada that has a highway for a hallway. Parents and students did not get a choice; the students at Quamichan were made to attend classes at Cowichan high school.
The board of education/trustees have made it eminently clear they do not care about student safety or academic achievement. Forcing approximately half of the high school into a non-academic arts high school is taking away the ability of half of the students to continue on to university. This is taking away choice, not giving choice.