|MACKAY CENTRE AND PHILIP E. LAYTON SCHOOLS LAUNCH PETITION AND VIDEO CALLING FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION ON THEIR NEED FOR SPACE|
MONTREAL, MAY 30, 2014 – Parents of students attending the Mackay Centre and Philip E. Layton Schools have launched an online petition and video, urging Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, Minister of Health and Social Services Gaetan Barrette to intervene in regard to their need for more physical space in the building they are to share in the short term and the need to buy the school that they now rent or construct a new one in the long run.
The petition is accessible at www.emsb.qc.ca and http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/ga%C3%A9tan-barrette-intervene-on-behalf-of-the-students-of-mackay-centre-school-for-the-deaf-and-physically-disabled-and-philip-e-layton-school-for-the-blind. The touching video stars the young students of Mackay.
“Although there is plenty of room for both schools to coexist, the MMRC is being unreasonable in its allocation of the rooms,” says the petition. “Just one room blocks an agreement between the negotiating parties, the Michael Reid Room. Michael Reid was a former Mackay student, whose parents funded this room in his memory. Use of this room would effectively close off the school from outside personnel, as well as providing a space to put the library which is being changed into classrooms. We are being forced to box up both the Mackay Centre School library and the Braille library from PE Layton school and leave our most vulnerable students in an unsecured space.”
With the merger set to occur in August, time is of the essence for a solution.
Michael J. Cohen