Miscouche parents finally gain audience with board regarding principal complaints

Published on June 11, 2014

SUMMERSIDE – Disgruntled parents from Miscouche Consolidated School got some of what they wanted Tuesday, at a meeting of P.E.I.’s English Language School Board.

About a dozen parents met with representatives from the board after its monthly meeting in Summerside wrapped up.

“We were finally able to sit down and talk with a few people from the board about our concerns over the school’s principal,” said Leon Perry, a spokesperson for the Miscouche Concerned Parents’ Group.

The group has been calling for the removal of principal Scott MacDonald for months following a number of complaints by parents to the school, the board and the education department.

“The issue relates to the safety of our kids,” said Perry. “There’s bullying in the school and a lack of administration.”

The board heard all of the concerns but didn’t make any promises, Perry said.

Several months ago the complaints came to light when the parents group formed and tried to meet with Education Minister Alan McIsaac.

At the time the meeting with McIsaac wasn’t granted. The issue went to question period at Province House in late April by Opposition party members.

The group was denied permission to speak Tuesday, during the formal portion of the board meeting.

“We’re standing strong as a group. We said we’re still going to the meeting even if they won’t let us talk,” said Perry.

He said the group would continue to fight the board until the bitter end.

“This is our kids’ education and safety on the line. If we drop the ball on this and don’t pursue what we intended, then we’ve accomplished nothing.”

The Journal Pioneer attempted to reach the school board for comment but phone calls to superintendent Cynthia Fleet were not returned.