MSBA hoping to meet soon with minister

The change in ministers presiding over the Manitoba Ministry of Education and Training has left questions in the minds of some Flin Flon School Division trustees.

During the board’s first meeting of the season on Aug. 28, the board accepted a letter from the president of the Manitoba School Boards Association (MSBA) to the minister of education and training as information.

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The letter, dated June 20, was addressed to former minister Ian Wishart. A cabinet shuffle in early August saw Kelvin Goertzen take that post.

The letter outlined several resolutions passed at the MSBA annual general meeting, including a resolution to lobby the provincial government to include lights as part of school zone warning signage.

The letter also invites a written response to the resolutions from the minister, and notes that the MSBA has traditionally met with the minister and their staff to discuss the resolutions in question.

Trustee Trish Sattelberger wondered if these actions would come about after the change in leadership of the ministry.

“I’m just wondering now, since this has been sent to Minister Wishart, who no longer resides in such chair, if [the MSBA] are going to reiterate and redo and resend to Minister Goertzen, who feels like information is coming out of a fire hose at him,” said Sattelberger, referring to a quote from Goertzen after he switched portfolios, stating the influx of new information was like trying to drink from a fire hose.

“I’m just wondering if this will even be looked at this year.”

Ken Cameron, president of the MSBA said the organization has requested a meeting with the new minister of education and training.

“If we don’t get a meeting, we will submit a copy [of the letter],” he said.

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