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Candidate in the 2010 River East - Transcona - 5 (2010) School Ward race.
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Why did you decide to run in the 2010 school board election?
I decided to run for the school board out of my concern for the future of our children’s education. Our family has lived 37 years in the North Kildonan and our daughter graduated from the RETSD. Soon we will have two grandchildren entering the River East Transcona School Division. I like many of you are alarmed and concerned by the emphasis of a “no fail /social promotion” and with use of multi grade classrooms policies. Many of these experimental teaching methods have failed in the past at the expense of our students’ education. No student can afford their loss of education nor should they. I concluded it was time for me to step up and offer the electorate change and the promise of a proper education for our youth, not compromised by experimentation of new methods of teaching. I want to ensure our children’s abilities and future is not compromised and the most important focus is ensuring the best possible education is available for our students.
What experience will you bring to complement your role as school trustee?
I believe my many years of experience and knowledge of working with residents, neighbourhood associations, students bodies, parents, community leaders and other elected government officials will allow me to bring my dedication, commitment and leadership capabilities into focus towards working for a better education system. I have the proven ability to influence, engage and to be a strong voice at the school board level on behalf of students, parents and grandparents in our community. They can count on me working continuously on their behalf making the necessary educational improvements for a brighter future.
What are the major issues you would like to stand for and why did you choose these issues?
While meeting with the residents in community and hearing their concerns, I would say the major issues are school taxes, the moratorium on school closures, multi grade classrooms, standardized testing and standardized report cards and the “no fail policy or social promotion policy”. I strongly believe the Province of Manitoba must be convinced to remove school taxes from the property tax bill as there is no direct correlation to services provided to ones home. Secondly it is imperative the Province of Manitoba’s remove the moratorium on school closures, which will allow respective School Boards to govern accordingly. Thirdly, I am extremely concerned about the use of multi grade classroom approach to education, as it will affect student’s ability to learn at their grade level and will no doubt compromise their education. I believed the standardized testing and standardized report cards would provide the education and knowledge level to be implicit and measurable to other school divisions throughout the Province of Manitoba. Finally, I cannot support the principle of a “no fail policy or social promotion policy” which does not provide students with a true understanding of reality.
Is there anything in particular you would like to change in your school division? In your ward?
I would like an opportunity to assist our students in excelling in their studies, to feel safe in their schools and celebrate their knowledge and successes. Our schools have many dedicated and resourceful teachers who need our support. We need caring School Trustees who are willing to work with parents, grandparents and teachers in achieving the best possible education and future for our students! I want to make certain our education system provides every possible avenue of opportunity for success to our students.
Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?
As an independent candidate for School Trustee in Ward 5, I believe my knowledge and experience will afford the assurance that your School Trustee is able to provide and is prepared to make the necessary sacrifices to make certain our students’ interests and education comes first. It’s important your School Trustee provides the kind of representation you need when it comes to defending a proper education and to ensuring we secure the opportunity of a great future for our children. I make this personal pledge to you, with your support and vote on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 you can count on me being a School Trustee with a clear understanding and awareness of our children’s educational needs in the River East Transcona School Division and you can also count on me working continuously on your behalf!
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