Candy Ashdown (City) â€“ No. The Langley Teachersâ€™ Association is an important partner in the Langley School District, which ensures the voice of teachers is represented.
Megan Dykeman (Township) â€“ No. As an elected body, the board has an obligation to encourage the electorate, taxpayers and all stakeholders groups to bring forward their concerns. The board has a responsibility to listen to those concerns and, so informed, to fulfill its functions. The board should be influenced by anyone who can contribute to improving education in the Langley district. No one stakeholder or faction of stakeholders should have more influence than any other. It should not be a contest to see who can garner the most influence with the board but rather a cohesive effort to do the best for the children who depend on Langley district for their education.
Kristine Ketter (Township) â€“No. Similar to my comments about parents, it is teachers who know best their classrooms and how students function within them. Teachers too, are integral to partner group communications. I truly believe that, over the past 8 years that I have been engaged in the districtâ€™s activities, it is the times when all partner groups have had the opportunity to come together and collaborate, that we have seen the most inspiring ideas come to light.
Suzanne Perreault (Township) â€“ All parties need to have input that is based on a clear agenda, integrity and honouring the process. The Teachersâ€™ Union is beneficial at the table to ensure balance, national standards are met and equality is transpiring.
Rod Ross (Township) â€“ No. The LTA has a job to do and that is to represent its members. Without unions there would exist an unhealthy balance of power on the side of management. Unions right the balance of the scale to equilibrium. The LTA does its job well as does CUPE and our relationships have been strengthened this term.