Letter: School District 43 cuts have affected Tri-City students

"Kids in Coquitlam school district are still being affected by the budget cuts made in 2014," says a Grade 6 student from Anmore.

The Editor,

Re. “More need than cash in schools” (The Tri-City News, April 22).

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Kids in Coquitlam school district are still being affected by the budget cuts made in 2014. I am a Grade 6 student at Eagle Mountain middle school, a brand new school, which was built during the major cuts. As a result of the cuts, our library is small, we don’t have a cafeteria, no physical health education teachers and no full-time librarian. Not having all these things affects students.

Because we don’t have a cafeteria, we don’t have a place where we can meet with friends and socialize.

Because we don’t have a physical health education teacher, our regular teachers don’t have as much experience as a PE teacher might have. They have to teach us PE when they should be in their prep time, or teaching what they are experienced at.

Not having a full-time librarian has made one of the biggest impacts of all on my peers and myself. This has made us not want to read the ways we used. Before, we just had a librarian; now, we have a part-time librarian who has both be a librarian and a teacher for specific classes. Also, our library is very small. We don’t have a lot of books to choose from, so we read less.

Nickolas Jovanovic, Anmore

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