Werner Manke

Werner Manke

SD 85: Werner Manke

Urge the provincial negotiating team to do all in their power, and urge the minister of education

  • Nov. 12, 2011 6:00 a.m.

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?

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1. Urge the provincial negotiating team to do all in their power, and urge the minister of education to provide reasonable funding for a negotiated settlement.

This is a provincial matter, and it would be false to say school boards have any power to directly affect change.

2. Review all areas of the district’s operations for possible further cuts without affecting the delivery of educational opportunities for the greatest number of students. Involve the communities affected as well as the local MLA to seek ministry and corporation grants.

3. There are areas at Robert Scott, like the gym, that are not available elsewhere in the community. Strong Start is required to operate at a school. Closing a school does not eliminate all costs of operation.

4. My belief is all our children deserve the best education, and as trustee I am accountable to the communities I represent.  I have six years experience as trustee.  During that time many tough decisions had to be made.  The years ahead will continue to be challenging for boards of education. My background is in education as teacher, principal and director of instruction. Having fought hard to keep schools open in the past, I will continue to do so while maintaining a stand on fiscal responsibility.