What do you think are the top issues facing School District 27?
Communication, trust and vision.
Why do you want to be a school board trustee?
I am a mother of two girls ages five and eight and am invested in this community having lived here all my life. I want our district to succeed and to be known for excellence in education and community. I wish to be a part of the conversation to move our district forward through collaboration, strategic planning, long-term visioning and excellent communication.
How would you go about improving relationships within the district in light of last year’s vote of non-confidence by the CCTA?
By listening. By figuring out what the root cause of the low morale, distrust and communication is and then by implementing ways to change. Much of the work has been started and we have the Turner report as well as special advisor to help guide the way.
What are your thoughts on how the province funds districts?
I am not sure that I understand how the province funds districts without properly researching the topic. I do believe that the district has people working within it that are very smart and capable of helping me understand.
Would you support the closure of schools when their population drops below a sustainable level?
I think rather than closing schools that we look at multipurpose and shared spaces that support learning, community and economics. Partnership is the way of the future. When local government, FN, SD’s and CRD’s get together and find solutions for shared goals the more effect we will have at lobbying the federal and provincial governments for support or changes.
What would you like to see in local schools that isn’t there now?
A healthy food policy.
What could be done to attract and retain teachers in this district?
A recruitment and retention package similar to the Tic Toc Find a Doc program that engages new teachers either fresh out of school or while they are finishing school. Create solutions for housing and work with community partners on a over arching recruitment strategy for all professions.