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A J Falk

 

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A J Falk

Candidate in the 2010 River East - Transcona - 3 (2010) School Ward race.

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

I’ve lived in my neighbourhood for 21 years, and have worked in it for the last four at one of the schools (SMP) as an Educational Assistant. I have 2 kids (1 school age and one younger) and I want to make things the best for them they can be and the other kids I work with. I also have some people in my life that I really admire who have been involved in politics. They’ve shown me the value of public service.

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

My time working in the school has given me a real clear insight into what the schools really need from a grassroots level. I have proven over and over that I am rational, calm, organized, and thorough. I also spent 3 years in the accounting field where I was known for my attention to detail.

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

The major issues are making sure that all students are getting a safe and equitable education. My reasons are obvious. Infrastructure is obviously important as well, as it houses the education process. Roof repairs in many places are due given all the damage caused last year.

No school closures in our division. This decision should be left in the Board’s hands and not the provinces, as the board will be the one(s) to find a solution. My reason is because of the importance of schools in a community. Nothing could be worse than a vacant school.

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

I would like to see term limits for trustees so as to not discourage young people from getting/staying involved (if they lost an election to a senior incumbent).

I would also like to see contracts with all the employee groups NOT end during election years. Groups have been left without a contract to make it look like sitting trustees have ‘frozen’ taxes. This is unfair to employees and deceitful to taxpayers. Plus, where does the back-pay come from when contracts are resolved if there is a shortfall?

Lastly, I’d like to see the school tax portion on a person’s property taxes reduced to zero, or close to and the balance collected by the province…like everything else under the provinces jurisdiction. Justice, highways, and health fees are not charged on property taxes, why education costs??

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

My email is falktrustee@gmail.com. I can set up a time to meet and talk about the issues if anyone likes. Thanks


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