Our children are our greatest legacy for the future, and the basis for their success is a quality education. That’s why I am seeking election to the Nanaimo-Ladysmith Public Schools Board of Education.
I have 18 years experience on the
board, serving six terms as a trustee. I have been the Chair, Vice-Chair and sat on almost all and chaired every committee of the board.
I am dedicated to public education and I have spent the last 25 years remaining involved in various ways.
During the past four years, I have regularly attended board meetings and participated in public consultations and surveys to keep up to date on the actions of the current board, and it has been an eye-opener.
I believe strongly that trustees must
have a district-wide perspective rather than focusing on the area where they live. They must understand their decision-making role and not abrogate their responsibility to management just because they are not managers or teachers. The public does not elect
experts, they elect people like themselves to make commonly-accepted decisions as well as voice differing opinions.
Over the years, policies have been put into place to guide decision making. These policies must come from trustees with staff input because
it is the trustees who will and should be held accountable. All policies must be readily available for public scrutiny and not separated into trustee policies and management policies. At the same time, trustees should be involved in hiring the managers who
will abide by the policies and vision set forth by them. Hiring should be focused on who is best for the job rather than whose turn it is.
For many years, I have been advocating for student presentations to be returned to the regular agenda of the board.
Student presentations remind trustees why they were elected in the first place and are very important for students and parents to see their school board in action. I will continue to strongly voice that need.
I want to see a School Board that is accountable
to the electorate, makes informed decisions, consults with the stakeholders extensively and takes into account minority positions, works with local, provincial and federal governments. They must be open to praise or criticism, obey the rules of ‘behind-closed-door’
meetings, be honest and forthcoming, and most importantly, have integrity.
Whether you have children in school, when you vote for the school board, you are voting for the children who will grow up and make decisions for us.
I have a proven
record and appreciate the honour bestowed upon me six times. I ask for your support again.