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Jan Anderson

Candidate in the 2010 River East - Transcona - 5 (2010) School Ward race.

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Questionnaire Response

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

I have two children currently enrolled in River East Transcona schools (one middle years and one high school) giving me an immediate and vested interest in the education we provide. My board affiliations and business acumen have long been recognized as an invaluable asset for researching the issues, bringing all parties cooperatively to the table, and inspiring everyone not only to maintain their focus, but to think in new and creative ways as we face daily changes and challenges. I have been afforded many opportunities to work with individuals whose primary motivation is to improve the quality of a child’s day and I am proud to be one of them. School Trustee is a perfect role for me and one that I have great desire to give for the benefit of our families, our students and our educators.

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

  • I am a parent of school age children sharing the same hopes and concerns of every parent and facing the same issues as all parents of public school students;
  • A decade of working with school-age child care centers located in our division schools and dealing with multiple parties’ interests and policy matters;
  • Immersion in our community both as a board member of the River East Ringette Association and having both children actively participating in community sports;
  • Both my employment and my board affiliations have given me years of successful management, legal knowledge, strategic planning and policy creation experience;
  • Proven communication strength in all that I do;
  • My unwavering passion to work for the benefit of children.

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

As I campaign door-to-door, the residents have clearly conveyed that the no-fail, social promotion idea is of great concern. The teachers feel pressure to move a student along through the grades; the parents are upset that their child is being passed without sufficiently meeting course outcomes; the business owners are concerned about the less-than-quality employee options available to them; and the students are worried about their ability to compete after graduation. We need to find better ways to deliver high education standards balanced with appropriate self-esteem support.

Like and dislike of multi-grade classrooms is also being raised. There are situations where a multi-grade classroom and the better utilization of our resources (classroom space, equipment, and teachers) could make the difference between closing or maintaining a low enrolment school. Multi-grade classrooms can sometimes be the best option and there is a lot of research available on the positive cooperative nature of a multi-grade. It is an option that should not be dismissed by any trustee and requires full consideration in particular situations.

I chose those two issues as they have been the most often raised during my past month of meeting with Ward 5 residents.

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

I would strive to improve the level of transparency available to our residents as the publicly available minutes of the trustee meetings are not sufficient to convey to interested residents the work the board is performing. I would also do what I can to increase the division efforts on the zero-tolerance bullying policy. Children need to feel safe before they can focus on their studies, and they need to fully comprehend the power of their internet communications which can so easily escalate to cyber-bullying.

Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

I invite residents to visit my website: www.jananderson.ca and, as many who have emailed or phoned me during this campaign period already know, I am available and welcome their thoughts, questions, suggestions and complaints. Should the voters show their confidence in me by electing me as a School Trustee, I promise I will give them the full power of my unquestionable work ethic and my passionate desire. Revitalization of any board is crucial to bring fresh perspective and innovative ideas and election time is the opportunity for voters to do so. I strongly encourage all residents to exercise their voting right on October 27, 2010, and I would be honoured to receive their vote and represent their interests,

Thank you, Jan Anderson Candidate for School Trustee, Ward 5 River East Transcona School Divisio


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