The Tribune asked candidates running in the municipal, regional, and School District 27 election a few questions about themselves and their platforms.
We asked the following:
• What position are you running for?
• Why are you running for it?
• What do you see as the top three issues to address in your community?
• How do you propose to tackle them?
Candidates in the area, including those who have been acclaimed, were invited to participate for free
and were given a maximum word limit of 275 words to answer the questions above.
The following are the answers we received from participating candidates:
1. I am running for school board trustee in Zone 6, Williams Lake
2. I believe that every child deserves an excellent education and that every adult plays a role in achieving this goal. I feel that my skill set as a parent and a physician, as well as three years as chief of medical staff and three years on Williams Lake minor hockey executive, will enable me to make appropriate decisions to achieve this goal with your tax dollars.
3. The single most important factor in your child’s education is the classroom teacher. There is no substitute for high quality teaching.
Therefore, my primary goal is ensure our teachers have the resources to be the best and remain the best. A key component of this will be evaluation, from the top down. Teachers and administrators need to be evaluated to ensure they are doing their best. This is the only way to direct resources to ensure that every student is given the highest quality education.
4. School structure is very topical and very important. I think the next board will be called upon to make some huge decisions that will affect our children and community for decades to come.
Our community is at a very exciting crossroad. While our enrolment is declining, we are poised for an economic boom with the increase in mining in our area. I will commit to making informed, intelligent, evidence-based decisions with the guiding principle always being the best education for each child. Programs and educational objectives will always outweigh real estate.