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Keep Puntledge at Puntledge

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Supporting BC Teachers and Public Education

School Threads


Puntledge Consultation – FINAL REPORT  – PDF

(inc. our complete Jan. 6th presentation)

Budget Comparisons – PDF

Lake Trail Consultation – FINAL REPORT – PDF

SD 71 Puntledge Documents Archive

BCTF – Resist School Closures – PDF

UK “Save Your School” Handbook – PDF


The Parent Advocacy Network (PAN) 

Lake Trail Neighbourhood Connections


Richard Louv – Last Child in the Woods


Putting your thoughts in writing is the best way to let your voice be heard. Diverse comments from parents, remedy teachers, business owners and concerned residents will show our Trustees there is broad support for Keeping Puntledge at Puntledge.  Remember, this decision rests on a vote where we need 4 of 7 trustees convinced.

First, we offer you a template letter you can use as a base.  These download LINKS are for an editable Word or RTF document.  Edit, print, and send to the addresses on the CONTACT page.

At the bottom of this page is an ARCHIVE of many other example letters.






TO:  SD71 Trustees
?  School District 71 Offices
607 Cumberland Road, Courtenay, BC  V9N 7G5

Tom Weber, Board Chair, Area B Lazo North
Janice Caton, Vice Chair, City of Courtenay
Cliff Boldt, Trustee, City of Courtenay
Vickey Brown, Trustee, Village of Cumberland
Peter Coleman, Trustee, Town of Comox
Ian Hargreaves, Trustee, Area C Puntledge / Black Creek
Sheila McDonnell, Trustee, Area A Baynes Sound, Hornby and Denman

cc: Tom Demeo, Acting Superintendent


Re:     Proposed closure of Ecole Puntledge Park

Dear Trustees,

On March 15th, please vote no to a closure of Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary.  Moving Puntledge to Lake Trail would be an effective closure of both schools and a major loss of resources for SD71. Please keep Puntledge at Puntledge and use the 2016-2017 school year to explore alternative uses of Lake Trail.

Puntledge has successfully started generations of children on a positive educational path.  Please protect this unmatched opportunity for our future generations.

Lake Trail is well situated and equipped to work as a centrally-located hub for alternative K-12 education.  There is demand in the Comox Valley for alternative arts, technology, nature, and trades based programming.  The Lake Trail facility could remain as is – no expensive renos required – and serve as a small, community-based, alternative school.

It is important that we keep our best resources working now and into the future.  Please avoid expensive mistakes and take time to consider options open to SD71.

Please vote no to a closure of Puntledge on March 15th.


A Concerned Citizen
on behalf of Comox Valley Schools

To get you inspired, here are some of the hundreds of letters written so far.