On Monday, March 19, 2012 an Electors Meeting was held in Pangman. This meeting was open to the community, with SECSD Board members, Marc Casavant, Director of Education, and the Pangman School Review Committee in attendance.
Carol Flynn, Chair of the South East Cornerstone School Division (SECSD) Board reviewed the School Review Process and the steps that will follow after this meeting.
Elwood White of the Pangman School Review Committee then introduced those members of our community who were doing presentations to the Board. Thirteen members of our community did presentations: Chuck Jacques, Students of the Respect-Ed Team, Eileen Tunall, Pam Rowland, Mayor Rod Rowland, Gary Penner, Brian Jesse, Curtis Bourassa, Don Gurski, John Colbow, Elwood White, Brandon Tichkowsky, and James Carpenter.
Each person spoke about the importance of having a K to 12 School in our Community. They brought up concerns about traveling time to attend other schools, the safety of our students and response time for the EMS if there is an accident, the lack of after school activities due to students attending schools outside of our community, and the loss of business in Pangman, as Parents will spend money in the community were there children attend school. Others spoke about the growth of our community in the past few years, the new Water Treatment Plant, Daycare, Community Kitchen, oil coming to the area, affordable housing being developed in Pangman and area. Local business owners spoke about their businesses and how the loss of grades 9 to 12 would effect their businesses.
Four students from Pangman School, who are members of the Respect ED team, spoke about events coming up at the school, Pink T Shirt Day and Hoops and Jump rope for Heart. That Pangman School was the Saskatchewan winner of the Recycle my Cell Contest, and about the Mentorship Program which is held every Thursday at our school.
James Carpenter, a director of Clay Cup Developments out of Alberta spoke about their plans for development in Pangman and other areas in Saskatchewan. They have purchased lots in Pangman and are selling affordable Modular Homes, the first of which home arrived in Pangman on March 16th.
After all the presentations Carol Flynn, Chair of the SECSD Board, thanked everyone for their presentations and advised that members of the community could send presentations to the SECSD Board at 80A 18th St., Weyburn, SK S4H 2W4 until March 30, 2012.
Coffee and Donuts were served after the meeting.
Global Regina were also at the meeting. You can read the story on their website.