Meet SD27 zone 7 trustee candidate Anne Kohut

CANDIDATE Q&A:

Anne Kohut lives off the grid at Charlotte Lake in the Chilcotin. She is a retired educator and embraces living a rural lifestyle.

What do you think are the top issues facing School District 27?

The top issues in my opinion are: Creating better communication between the Board, IUOE, CCTA, and BCPVPA, and senior management which would improve the culture at the school board office and make it a welcoming place for everyone to conduct their business.

Why do you want to be a school board trustee?

I want to be a school board trustee to see what I can do to help the Board move forward. With 36 years of teaching experience and 14 of those years as a principal, I think I can contribute, especially for rural concerns.

How would you go about improving relationships within the district in light of last year’s vote of non-confidence by the CCTA?

To improve relationships within the district I would see what could be done with the recommendations from the Diane Turner Report and also what needs to move forward with the Strategic Plan.

What are your thoughts on how the province funds districts?

I believe the province needs to return to some previous funding where the size of our school district warranted further compensation.

Would you support the closure of schools when its population drops below a sustainable level?

I would not support the closure of schools if the population drops below a certain level because the smaller rural schools are a focal point in the community and closures would result in long bus travel.

What would you like to see in local schools that isn’t there now?

I would like to see more visits by trustees and senior management to get a better picture of the entire district. Also, to follow through with a focus on the strategic plan where students are directly affected.

What could be done to attract and retain teachers in this district?

To attract and retain teachers in this district would require some of the programs and ideas that were successful in the past such as mentoring new teachers, presenting the district to prospective teachers, and providing some extra help with rentals for two months to help new recruits settle in, and assistance with further appropriate courses.


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