Candy Ashdown (City) â€“ Yes. We should continue to advocate on a more regular basis to the Provincial Government for increased funding and more schools.
Shelley Coburn (City) â€“ I am not sure if the best approach is aggression. I do think that their is nothing wrong with a whole lot of advocacy, which is very different and does not have to be aggressive to be effective.
Pamala-Rose Combs (Township) â€“ Yes. The Province needs to stop treating education like a business. Money doesnâ€™t grow on trees, but a good education benefits all of society.
Megan Dykeman (Township) â€“ Yes. I am not sure that aggressive is the right word. The relationship between School Boards and the provincial is based on a co-governance model. This requires both Trustees and provincial representatives to collaborate effectively for the benefit of all children in BC. There can be no room for antagonism and divisiveness in this important endeavour. I campaigned last time, and am doing so again this time, on a platform of â€œAccountability, Communication and Respectâ€ This applies to all situations, when dealing with anyone. It is vital that whoever sits on the board governs themselves in a respectful, and effective way. But I would say that board should assertively advocate for any change in provincial policies required to improve the quality of public education for our students.
Kristine Ketter (Township) â€“ Yes. I think that school boards need to come together and support eachother in putting pressure on the government to adequately fund education. Quality public education is the cornerstone of a strong and healthy democratic society. We need confident, well-educated young people to become productive citizens in our communities. Fully funded education should be a top priority of our government.
Suzanne Perreault (Township) â€“ In general, the School Board is an active body that engages through due process. However, when we interface with challenges such as our Job Action, careful attention needs to be paid and all Boards, independently and collectively, need to advocate aggressively on what is in the best interest of the children.
David Tod (Township) â€“ Yes when it comes to funding.
Rosemary Wallace (Township) â€“ No. I feel that the School Board does not have a say in the curriculum that is handed down from the province. It is important that the School Board advocate for all students and recognize that there are many different types of learners; and that it is important to continue to find programming that could assist in the individual learner. This has been done through professional days where I as and artist have had the opportunity to teach the curriculum in a creative process. We must show the province that every child matters and continue to suggest and showcase what works best for all students.