Tuesday, July 24, 2012

More Stonewalling from Northland School Division

It was a pretty stormy day here, which turned out to be rather appropriate I suppose.  After a long work day I received a response back from Northland School Division regarding the email I had sent them in recent days.  A reply from the Associate Superintendent, Don Tessier, no less.

Dear Mr. Steele

re: Housing Concerns

Further to your emails of June 30, 2012, July 11, 2012, and July 19, 2012, and following up on Dr. Barrett's e-mail to you of July, 14, 2012, the Division has reviewed its handline [sic] of the matters addressed in your e-mail.  Upon our review, it is our opinion that all matter were handled appropriately by the Division and its staff.

Please be advised that the Division will provide no further reply to your correspondence on these matters.

I found the last sentence of the letter particularly rich.  Only, they DID reply further, because you see, I called him, on his cell phone.  His response was rather dismissive...a review had been done and the board had acted appropriately.  When pressed to answer why the board didn't ensure the house I was assigned was decent PRIOR to moving in....?  It got a little fuzzy at that point.  Mr. Tessier told me he'd discuss it with me tomorrow.  Except, no.  As I pointed out, I don't have time to deal with mindless bureaucrats and play telephone tag with them.  It took over two years just to get this far in getting some answers.

I'll admit, things got a little heated.  But really.  Two years to get answers on why Northland School Division assigned me a house with so many issues.  Yes, they were fixed.  The sewage issue took a mere 6 weeks to be dealt with as I recall.  But still.  A review was done?  By who, exactly?  Northland School Division?  That's rich.  Of course an internal review by a public entity would prove itself blameless.  The man was rather vague.    I was pretty much told he didn't have to "put up with any crap from me"....his exact words.  Evidently, it never dawned on the man that, after what they have put me through, I'd be a bit steamed.  Who wouldn't be?  Rather than show some accountability the bureaucrat took the coward's way out and hung up on me.  Subsequent calls went unanswered.

Note to Mr. Tessier, I know the majority of people in the education profession are honest, hard-working people.  BUT you know how when there's a strike or job action of some sort and some say "those people don't deserve the money they make.  They are paid enough and besides, they don't really deserve it, anyway."?  Well, Mr. Tessier, its exactly scenarios like this that lead people to say that!


cpf said...

Agreed! Saying this is a budget issue and passing the buck to the provincial government is plain wrong. I don't care how small the maintenance fund is, if teachers and their families are becoming mentally and physically ill because of the conditions they're forced to live in, money needs to be found and put to work immediately. All the projectors, laptops, whiteboard markers and high-paid PhD-bearing superintendents in the world won't help educate students a bit without a competent, focused, healthy teacher to guide them. 

Unkle B said...

Geez and they wonder why it is hard to hire or retain staff for these regions. Sad thing is that a lot of good teachers will just move and take another opportunity than put up with this kind of treatment and that is really too bad for the students.

This clown will not care what you have to say as he really doesn't have to deal with you anymore.

take care,

Way Way Up said...

cpf....I've said many the same thing myself.

Unkle B...yup, he sounded like a typical bureaucrat on the phone. Paradoxically, the more "education" these goofs have, the more inept and non-sensical they become.

Anonymous said...

This is crazy! Guess I'll be steering clear of this board.

Anonymous said...

From what I understand of this it sounds to me like a board with all sort of issues. Unfortunately for you, the sooner they can sweep this mess under the carpet, the better for them. Good luck!