1. What would you do to resolve the teacher’s job action?
2. What can SD 85 do to keep schools open in the face of potential funding cuts?
3. Is SD 85 undercutting private business by renting out a publicly supported property, Robert Scott elementary school?
4. Why should people vote for you?
1. The teachers’ job action needs to be resolved through collective bargaining. Trustees need to respect the bargaining process and maintain positive relations with teachers to ensure quality education in the classrooms of SD85.
2. Trustees must lobby the provincial government to provide adequate funding for rural school districts where enrolment has declined.
Locally, we must continue to operate as efficiently as possible without cutting direct service to children at the classroom level.
3. No. Last year we made $21,267 in rental income from Robert Scott School, but spent more than $70,000 on utilities and equipment alone.
We receive no direct funding to maintain a school once it is closed yet we have to maintain the building. Because we purchase supplies and services from local businesses.
4. I have the educational training and experience to understand the issues trustees have to deal with. I also have the time and commitment to devote to the position. I bring a practical, problem solving approach to dealing with school board business and I believe school board business must be conducted in an open and transparent manner.