School Board: Koopman, John

School District 78: Koopman, John - Board of Education trustee candidate

  • Oct. 30, 2014 6:00 p.m.

John Koopman

What is your background or political experience?

My teaching background provides me valuable insight to the difficulties our school board is facing using their budget in a fiscally prudent manner, while at the same time providing programs to adequately meet our students’ broad-based needs. A diversified teaching experience will allow me as a trustee to bring that kind of practical perspective to every decision we make.


What are the most pressing issues facing the school district?

School boards are under budget constraints. It is therefore important for trustees to be advocates and work with parents, teachers, students and community groups to find viable solutions that build on our schools’ strengths. Students and classrooms are the top priority. If anything good has come from the recent teachers’ strike, it’s an increased interest and concern for strong public education.


If elected, what would be your main priority as trustee?

Given the high demand for qualified trades people, my main priority will be to ensure the programs at Hope Secondary are preparing our students for success in the job market. A vibrant secondary school apprenticeship program will provide students the opportunity to stay actively engaged in their learning thus enhancing their chances to succeed in the workforce once they graduate.


Why should people vote for you?

I have a strong “Can Do” attitude that is based on enthusiasm, a sense of purpose, drive, a keen willingness to learn, perseverance and enjoying what I do. I believe people who feel valued will always do more than what is expected of them. This is the underlying premise for building effective relationships among trustees and the stakeholders they represent.

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