What is your background or political experience?
I have been in schools – as a student, as a teacher and as an administrator – for 60 years. Six years ago, when I retired, I was persuaded that I had enough experience in public schools to run as a trustee. I ran in 2008 and in 2011, and have held the position of board chair for part of both terms.
What are the most pressing issues facing the school district?
We’re a small school district. Somehow, we have to manage to innovate, and create classes of interest to all of our students. We have to hire qualified and competent teachers to provide those classes, and run them on a schedule that satisfies graduation requirements and the students’ personal interests. Not easy. But when everyone works together for the common good, it can happen.
If elected, what would be your main priority as trustee?
We have talked a lot about personalized learning, having forums around the district on the topic. Because of the nature of the students and staff in our two alternate schools, personalized learning already exists. To a large extent, it also happens in our elementary schools. We just have to figure out how it can look in our secondary schools.
Why should people vote for you?
I respond to concerns people have on a wide area of topics. Some have to be solved around the board table; some require the intervention of a counsellor or administrator. But I ignore nothing that is brought to me. I try to conserve money, as every penny used towards trustee expenses is one taken away from students.