What would you prioritize in our public schools? B.C.’s elected school trustees represent their communities on boards of education and make decisions for school districts based on local priorities and needs. On Oct. 15 you will have a chance to choose the trustees who will sit on your board of education and set policy and direction for our public schools.
If you are interested in making a difference in your community and putting your values into action, running as a school trustee is a wonderful way to contribute. Governments are often criticized for not understanding the constituents they represent. School trustees are connected to their communities, which helps boards make hard decisions. Taking the time to understand local priorities and listening to understand helps the board set direction for the district.
A single decision doesn’t make good stewardship. Good governance comes down to all the small decisions made collaboratively over time. Taking the time to work together through our differences makes the board more cohesive and creates a good relationship with district staff. The tough decisions that boards of education face become easier once a common understanding of our shared values has been developed. After that, respectful dialogue and teamwork falls into place. It is a great achievement to be in a place where work happens quickly because of trust and shared purpose.
Boards of education require committed trustees and active, thoughtful voters to work well. We need educated citizens. Today’s K-12 students will become the people making decisions for us all. Your dreams for the next generation are stewarded by today’s school trustees. Make sure you participate in your local government elections on Oct. 15 to ensure your community has the best school trustees possible.
Chair, School District 46 —