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Mike Daoust

 

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Mike Daoust

Candidate in the 2011 Louis Riel - 2 School Ward race.

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Questionnaire Response

Why did you decide to run in the 2011 school board election?

I believe public education is the cornerstone of our society. It’s vital that our students are being engaged and learning at the highest level possible. As such, I believe educational accountability is a responsibility of school trustees and the boards they sit on. Taxpayers have a right to know how students are doing. Can they read, write and do math. Are they excelling emotionally, socially and physically? Trustees should be aware where students are at and set goals for higher student achievement. Overall progress must then be reviewed on a regular basis.

Are students getting the best educational value for our hard earned tax dollars? I believe this question must be answered and revisited on regular basis. Taxpayers demand the most efficient use of public revenues. Trustees have the responsibility of delivering a meaningful and engaging education that is affordable by the community. I would like to see local education taxes reduced through more efficient use of our current resources and increased funding from the provincial government.

What experience will you bring to complement your role as school trustee?

I like to think that I bring a lay person’s common sense to the board table. As a trustee, I regularly asked many of the questions that parents and taxpayers would and should be asking of a school division. Tough questions must be posed on a regular basis on every single topic and issue. I brought my financial expertise as a Certified Financial Planner to the board table. I also brought my hat as a parent. I graduated from the division myself and my 2 sons did as recent as 2010. I have a nephew and a cousin in grade 4. I have sat on all committees of the school board and am able to participate immediately in crucial discussions on budget, negotiations and student achievement.

What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?

Educational accountability is my primary issue. Student engagement and safety (emotional and physical) are vital to student achievement and enjoyment. If students feel safe and comfortable they have the foundation set for a successful learning career. We must do a much better job engaging all students and preparing them for the work force. Only 20% of students go on to post secondary education. Our technical and vocational courses must be more readily available at all schools. While ATC provides excellent programs, too many students choose not to attend simply because they do not want leave their friends and peers.

Is there anything in particular you would like to change in your school division? In your ward?

We need to improve accountability to our community, both in terms of educational and financial matters.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

If you would like someone who cares greatly about public education, has a proven track record for asking tough questions and demands financial accountability, then I ask for your support on November 26th. If not thanks you for your interest and please vote on November 26th, 2011.

Questionnaire Response from the October 2010 General Election

Mike Daoust also ran in the 2010 Winnipeg election in this ward. The following is his October 2010 response to our general election questionnaire.

Why did you decide to run in the 2010 school board election?

I believe public education is the cornerstone of our society. It’s vital that our students are being engaged and learning at the highest level possible. As such, I believe educational accountability is a responsibility of school trustees and the boards they sit on. Taxpayers have a right to know how students are doing. Can they read, write and do math. Are they excelling emotionally, socially and physically? Trustees should be aware where students are at and set goals for higher student achievement. Overall progress should then be shared with the local communities.

Are we getting the best educational bang for our dollars? I believe this question should reviewed on regular basis throughout the year. Taxpayers demand the most efficient use of public revenues. Trustees have the responsibility of delivering a meaningful and engaging education that is affordable to the community. I would like to see local education taxes reduced through more efficient use of our current resources and increased funding from the provincial government


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