SD 59 trustee candidate responses — Area IV (Rural Areas surrounding Dawson Creek & Pouce Coupe)

SD 59 Electoral Area IV (Rural Areas surrounding Dawson Creek & Pouce Coupe)— which is the result of the amalgamation of areas IV and V, which had one seat each — sees the largest list of candidates in the district with five vying for two spots. One incumbent is running for re-election, while Wayne Ezeard is not.

We had a chance to ask each of them a few questions — here are their responses unedited. (Except to note when answers were not received, or for formatting purposes).

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Chad Anderson

Age: 36
Occupation: Owner of a 4-person marketing and design firm
Highest level of education: Raising 5 children (ages 1 to 9), making payroll every two weeks in my business for the past 18 years, and a college diploma.

Why are you running?

I’ve been in the Dawson Creek area for more than 15 years, but I’m a farm kid that graduated from a small K-12 rural school in the Alberta Peace that perennially boasts a near 100% graduation rate. The kids I sat beside in class and on the school bus are engineers, pilots, farmers, researchers, entrepreneurs – and they’re building strong communities and families from here to Switzerland to California. I believe that the future is bright when families build character, and schools build knowledge. I have two children in Pouce Coupe Elementary (so far) and I’d like to ensure they will make the same boasts about their childhood schools as I do.

What is your current relationship with SD 59? If you are not a current trustee, what experience do you have? If you are running for re-election, what experience, including your time on the board, do you feel qualifies you for the position?

I’m a first-time trustee candidate, so my experience comes from my business career and the growing family that the business exists to feed! Running a business – or a school district – is like taking a road trip with 5 kids in a minivan. You’ve got to plan well, then drive forward with all deliberate haste, and stop frequently to check to make sure everyone is still on board with the plan. (And bring a lot of snacks.)

In your opinion, what is the role of a school trustee?

A trustee is one member of a team (the board) that advocates for students, reflects the local community, advocates for local needs to the provincial government, and sets priorities and policies to guide school district staff. The board works within the bounds set by the provincial government, and no single trustee gets a magic wand. It’s all about good ideas, hard work and an ability to persuade.

Are there any particular issues with provincial education or local decisions that have you running? Why and what are they?

There are no shortage of important issues, from bussing to too little space in some schools and too few students in others. A lot of issues will cross the board table over the next 4 years, and I’d like the opportunity to ask questions, invite feedback and provide input to make public education as successful as it can be in its role as a springboard into careers and life for its students.

Clearly every candidate is pro-education, pro-children, pro-common sense and pro-community. What makes you a different candidate than the others?

While each candidate must have an opinion on the Diversity and Inclusion policy, to my knowledge, I am the only candidate that attended the public board meetings and then posted publicly my feedback letter to the School Board. I was pleased to see more than half of my suggestions adopted by the board (get the details at www.ChadAnderson.ca ) I hope my impact on that policy proves that I will be effective at the board table. The job of an elected official is to make and change policy. Parents can get results from the sidelines, but sometimes you just need to get onto the field and get into the game. The voters pick their team for the next 4 years on Saturday, October 20!

One reader notes, regarding rural bus routes, “Many of us live 4 - 5 kms away from the designated bus stops which are usually on highway. This is unacceptable requesting us to drive our children in all kinds of weather to the highway.” They ask, “Are you going to be revisiting the School bus policy?” (In addition to answering yes or no, please elaborate on any thoughts on the matter).

I’m the son and grandson of school bus drivers. School bus drivers’ kids often get on first and get off last. I must have done about 1100 hours on the school bus in high school. (On one occasion, we added a few extra minutes when the bus driver - not my dad - left the road to help chase the neighbours’ cows back in – using the bus.) Politicians in Victoria need to hear from people who can explain that bussing is not a luxury in rural communities, and that reducing bussing funding and service levels is no way to build a rural and resource-driven province.

One reader has noted a troubling increase in single-issue trustee candidates across the province, specifically those with an anti-SOGI (sexual orientations and gender identities) agenda. What are your views on SOGI resources? (For context, there was considerable debate on the SD59 policy of Diversity and Inclusion, particularly on the clause about washrooms for students with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.)

Single issue candidates would be bored to tears when their favourite topic isn’t on the agenda, which is almost all of the time. But, in a civil society, it would be a mistake to call someone else a single issue candidate, and then to disregard his or her contribution on many topics, just because we strongly disagree on one.

On SOGI resources, that term encompasses a number of different resources from different sources for different audiences and different age levels. SOGI 123 is the predominant model in BC. Regardless of the model, I believe that parents will trust a school system that gives them a clear view into public school curriculum on any topic, from the most controversial, to the most mundane.

I have been attending the School Board meetings since before the Diversity and Inclusion policy was distributed. I published my concerns with the draft Diversity and Inclusion policy on my Facebook page at www.ChadAnderson.ca, and the Board appears to have adopted more than half of my suggestions. The revised policy is better, but still has gaps that I would need to see resolved before I could support it.

Many parents have noted concerns about the lack of transparency regarding serious situations — in cases ranging from teacher discipline to receiving information about threats to individual students — and in many cases they have perceived a lack of resolution. What will you do as school trustee to ensure transparency and public trust in the school board?

School board trustees would need to examine problematic situations in detail, to try to formulate policy that brings a solution closer in, not further away. While privacy and labour laws and agreements, and the silence they create can be wildly frustrating, operating outside of them could make matters even worse. If silence is required, the reasons for the silence should be explained. And the board and other oversight bodies must be absolutely certain that no more silence is applied than is legally necessary.

The school district struggles to find qualified teachers, in particular, but not limited to, for programs like French Immersion and Montessori. As of the last board meeting, SD 59 has teachers on letters of permission (without a teaching certificate) (10.18 FTEs). How do you feel the school district has handled this, and can more be done to recruit teachers?

Given our geography, the size of the teaching staff in the school district, and recruitment challenges in other skilled fields, and most importantly, the recent Supreme Court decision that created a huge number of new teaching positions in the province, I’m amazed at the recruiting and retention success the district has had, to be short only 10 certified teachers!

What is your stance on the school closure review for Don Titus Montessori that was voted in favour of at the September 19, 2018 board meeting and ultimately the possibility of closing that school for the next school year?

The citizens of Chetwynd and families of Chetwynd students should have a full opportunity to think creatively, discuss options, and help contribute to the decision over the next year. I hope that economic growth, including related to the recent LNG announcement will put our region on a steady pattern of growth, but no one looks forward to a decision like this in the meantime. A great small school starts to feel like a family – and it’s clear that the Don Titus Montessori community is one of those. 

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Kim Erickson

Age: 47
Occupation: Graphic Designer
Highest level of education: University

Why are you running?

I believe in contributing to my community and was thrilled to move back to the Dawson area and give something back to the place I grew up and attended school. I believe I have the commitment, problem-solving skills and empathy necessary in a successful school board trustee.

What is your current relationship with SD 59? If you are not a current trustee, what experience do you have? If you are running for re-election, what experience, including your time on the board, do you feel qualifies you for the position?

I have 2 children attending school in SD 59 and live rurally in Fellers Heights.  I have served in various positions on many volunteer boards, including Devereaux PAC, U of A Lister Hall Alumni and both the community league and parent council of Malmo Plains when I lived in Edmonton.  I currently serve on the board of the Dawson Creek Public Library.

In your opinion, what is the role of a school trustee?

To oversee and ensure the general running and well-being of the school district within the guidelines set by the provincial government.

Are there any particular issues with provincial education or local decisions that have you running? Why and what are they?

I do not have a particular cause or platform.  The 2 rural trustees are responsible for all of the schools in area IV and each of the schools are different.  Some important issues are lack of classroom space/overcrowding, staffing shortages, facilities and the ever-present busing situation.

Clearly every candidate is pro-education, pro-children, pro-common sense and pro-community. What makes you a different candidate than the others?

I will become involved with the daily life at the schools by attending PAC meetings and helping out during special events, listening carefully to both parents and students and communicating their needs to the school board.

One reader notes, regarding rural bus routes, “Many of us live 4 - 5 kms away from the designated bus stops which are usually on highway. This is unacceptable requesting us to drive our children in all kinds of weather to the highway.” They ask, “Are you going to be revisiting the School bus policy?” (In addition to answering yes or no, please elaborate on any thoughts on the matter).

I believe the school bus policy should be looked at every school year and adjusted to best meet the needs of SD59 rural families.  I have done some research into this area and discovered that the provincial busing funding policy plays a large role in the way busing is run. I would be delighted to be part of the project to get recognition of the special busing needs of rural communities.

One reader has noted a troubling increase in single-issue trustee candidates across the province, specifically those with an anti-SOGI (sexual orientations and gender identities) agenda. What are your views on SOGI resources? (For context, there was considerable debate on the SD59 policy of Diversity and Inclusion, particularly on the clause about washrooms for students with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.)

I believe in Diversity and Inclusion and am against intolerance of any kind, be it regarding race, gender, sexuality, etc.

Many parents have noted concerns about the lack of transparency regarding serious situations — in cases ranging from teacher discipline to receiving information about threats to individual students — and in many cases they have perceived a lack of resolution. What will you do as school trustee to ensure transparency and public trust in the school board?

As I have only heard vague rumours and cannot speak to these situations directly, I can only state that I would do my best to represent my constituents while following any applicable laws regarding privacy and freedom of expression.

The school district struggles to find qualified teachers, in particular, but not limited to, for programs like French Immersion and Montessori. As of the last board meeting, SD 59 has teachers on letters of permission (without a teaching certificate) (10.18 FTEs). How do you feel the school district has handled this, and can more be done to recruit teachers?

I know that SD59 has been recruiting teachers from other provinces but more can always be done to improve any situation.  Some ideas are: partnering with universities/colleges, emphasizing the benefits of our particular schools, selling teachers on the larger Dawson community

What is your stance on the school closure review for Don Titus Montessori that was voted in favour of at the September 19, 2018 board meeting and ultimately the possibility of closing that school for the next school year?

I am generally not in favour of closing schools and believe that civic society may be dismissing the right to education of rural communities. However, I would need to view all the relevant data before committing to a decision.

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Darcy Heartt

Age: 47
Occupation: Dawson Co-op Cardlock Manager
Highest level of education: Completed High School, Two Red Sealed Trades (Millwright & Machining), Basic Business Management Courses

Why are you running?

I believe that I can make a difference for the students while bringing some communication back to the tax payers on activities and agendas. (I would like to be part of the solutions, instead of just hearing the issues)

What is your current relationship with SD 59? If you are not a current trustee, what experience do you have? If you are running for re-election, what experience, including your time on the board, do you feel qualifies you for the position?

My current relationship with SD59 is that I have four children in the system ranging from elementary to high school and do a lot of volunteering when requested if it wasn’t for that many of the students wouldn’t be able to enjoy outside of school activities.
I am not a current Trustee and as for experience as a trustee……… none. In saying that if a person is new at running there has to be a learning curve into the way the system works and getting to know the people you will be working with. In my experience if there is a great working relationship within a group of people, great things can be accomplished with great out comes.


In your opinion, what is the role of a school trustee?

Hmmmmm opinion…….. we all have them, and that’s the issue, a trustee you must be able to learn to listen to everyone’s opinions; some will be good and some may be out of line but to someone it was important enough to be said and it is important to them that consideration be made. From that decisions can be discussed and the trustee needs to learn this as you will be associated with a huge variety of opinions and discussions

Are there any particular issues with provincial education or local decisions that have you running? Why and what are they?

I don’t think there are any issues to speak of. I just would like more of an open communication. I am interested in the well-being of our children and that we try to bring a healthy learning environment of education as I believe a great education leads to great opportunities in advanced education or life opportunities

Clearly every candidate is pro-education, pro-children, pro-common sense and pro-community. What makes you a different candidate than the others?

Different than others………….. I am me, no one can be me, I have my opinions and they will differ from others. Where I stand out is that people can’t make me follow. I work alongside others to make accomplishments. I’m not saying the world doesn’t need leaders and followers. It’s just in this case you need to listen, learn and then be able to hold a discussion that brings a conclusion in the best interest for our children. It is our children that someday will lead the next board, the next politician and the next best education system for their children and so on. So if I help in forming these people and they mention me someday in a speech or even a memory, that’s why I am different.

One reader notes, regarding rural bus routes, “Many of us live 4 - 5 kms away from the designated bus stops which are usually on highway. This is unacceptable requesting us to drive our children in all kinds of weather to the highway.” They ask, “Are you going to be revisiting the School bus policy?” (In addition to answering yes or no, please elaborate on any thoughts on the matter).

I live in the rural area, I am fortunate that we are along the bus route, I also love our public education system, I pay for it through tax dollars. So in saying this, the bus comes near my home to pick up my children. That is my say on this.
To ask me what I think of this reader’s comments on what I have read here and what information they give, I have NO opinion on this. Reason……. Not enough information. I would be taking this at face value and I have too many questions that I would need to ask to even have an opinion to make a decision. That is wrong. No decision should be made without more info. This is too generic and bad decisions could be made on the lack of information


One reader has noted a troubling increase in single-issue trustee candidates across the province, specifically those with an anti-SOGI (sexual orientations and gender identities) agenda. What are your views on SOGI resources? (For context, there was considerable debate on the SD59 policy of Diversity and Inclusion, particularly on the clause about washrooms for students with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.)

With this statement I have a question………… how does this affect my child’s education?????
As for the bathroom situation, again, not enough information. Again, questions. Is there safety involved for the children involved? I don’t know. Is there accommodations made for those choosing to use a bathroom they feel comfortable in? See how questions need to be asked and too many people jump to conclusions and make rash decisions based on emotions.


Many parents have noted concerns about the lack of transparency regarding serious situations — in cases ranging from teacher discipline to receiving information about threats to individual students — and in many cases they have perceived a lack of resolution. What will you do as school trustee to ensure transparency and public trust in the school board?

WOW!! I am stuck with words on this, and for those people who know me, I am not usually at a loss for words. I have no idea that there were such issues raised as I guess that my children must not have been involved with any of this. I volunteer a bit inside schools, I have driven bus. When my kids come home some days the bus empties out at my place and it’s like, where did you all come from?? I chat with these kids, and get comments from parents. When I make a comment on what their children say I get, “ well you get a lot more out of them than I do” kind of a comment. It’s cool to have this relationship with kids. They are smarter than we sometimes give them credit for. With this being said, I am not sure. I would have to, again, learn the situation, listen for opinions, statements and comments and make decisions based on how it will affect the children and especially, “will this put them in harm’s way!” As for transparency………you have to be careful of people’s rights and also their concerns. Every situation will need to be handled on a different level. That’s all I have on this.

The school district struggles to find qualified teachers, in particular, but not limited to, for programs like French Immersion and Montessori. As of the last board meeting, SD 59 has teachers on letters of permission (without a teaching certificate) (10.18 FTEs). How do you feel the school district has handled this, and can more be done to recruit teachers?

OK, only an opinion as I am not sure about the situation and sometimes not good to make comments on situations unfamiliar with.
If a teacher feels confident in teaching a subject, as long as there is progress being made in getting certified, then by all means my opinion is “sure” but if we are just throwing teachers into situations just to fill voids, well, probably not going to end well. It may even end up with some children not enjoying the class. BUT then the question arises, what do we do with this class??
AS for bringing in teachers to our education system, it is unfortunate, because where we live is not the most enticing place. You pretty much need to live here to love it here as most that are presented with an opportunity to take a position in the south….take it. Again we lose, which creates voids in the class room teacher situation

What is your stance on the school closure review for Don Titus Montessori that was voted in favour of at the September 19, 2018 board meeting and ultimately the possibility of closing that school for the next school year?

At this time I have no opinion. Is this right? YES, because I have limited information other than articles written, which again is someone’s opinion on what they heard or interpreted. I would need to look deeper into this and if ELECTED, I am sure I will be given plenty to read and some time to get up to speed on this subject

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Travis Jones      

Age: 27     
Occupation: Management and Marketing Consultant
Highest level of education: Graduate Degree – Master of Business Administration

Why are you running?

I am running because I believe that education is life-long. I believe that positive change is necessary in the public education system to implement new ideas and disrupt the status-quo. Although, I am running as a candidate, only 9 years ago I was a student in the local system and until recently was a Teacher on call (substitute) when my schedule allowed. This brought a great incite to the great element that the school district currently does as well as provided a hands on view of what can be improved and implemented to help enhance the quality education in our district.

I am passionate about creating a positive environment for learning at any age.

What is your current relationship with SD 59? If you are not a current trustee, what experience do you have? If you are running for re-election, what experience, including your time on the board, do you feel qualifies you for the position?

Born and raised here.  I’ve also been a substitute teacher when at home during breaks while pursuing post-secondary.  I feel I can bring a youthful voice with a youthful vision   I’ve volunteered my whole life. I was taught to always give back when you can.  My mother was an educator and an administrator in this district, and i learned that education equates to more choices and options. I’ve been fortunate in some of my volunteer and paid roles in the 2010 Olympics and the 2015 Pan Am Games where teamwork is essential to success.  I’ve got a team approach to most everything I do.

In your opinion, what is the role of a school trustee?

To advocate for students and teachers for adequate funding, support and resources to ensure a quality public education is available to all students.

Advocating for opportunities, both academic and trades for improved educational outcomes, and establishing policy direction.

Are there any particular issues with provincial education or local decisions that have you running? Why and what are they?

is the current public system keeping up with fast paced societal changes? 

We’ve just heard about a big project announcement for this area.  Will that bring more families here?  And is our current SD59 doing enough to ensure students are getting adequate guidance on career choices and options both in academics and trades?… especially those local jobs that are likely to spring up…Mike Bernier former Education Minister  announced that some of the jobs are likely to be lifelong career jobs.  SD 59 currently has a great partnership with NLC and offers several dual credit programs…how is that working for rural students, and students from Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge?

Clearly every candidate is pro-education, pro-children, pro-common sense and pro-community. What makes you a different candidate than the others? 

A home grown youthful voice. I’m not afraid of hard work and I’m very goal orientated.  I like to see results.

One reader notes, regarding rural bus routes, “Many of us live 4 - 5 kms away from the designated bus stops which are usually on highway. This is unacceptable requesting us to drive our children in all kinds of weather to the highway.” They ask, “Are you going to be revisiting the School bus policy?” (In addition to answering yes or no, please elaborate on any thoughts on the matter). 

Busing has been a topic for as long as I can remember, and I rode a school bus for many years.  We are fortunate to have a bus system that is still not charging for rider use.  The question for me to explore is... can we be doing better to serve rural students? 

One reader has noted a troubling increase in single-issue trustee candidates across the province, specifically those with an anti-SOGI (sexual orientations and gender identities) agenda. What are your views on SOGI resources? (For context, there was considerable debate on the SD59 policy of Diversity and Inclusion, particularly on the clause about washrooms for students with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.)

The times they are a changing.  And again, I think we often fear change because we don’t know what the end result will be. So.  I’m sure this will be a topic of discussion and I would like to explore more as we move forward, on how the washroom issue helps or hinders student learning.  While at the same time we all realize students  do need to feel safe at school, and free from bullying.  Social and Emotional wellbeing of our students should be important to everyone.  I also think a more concentrated effort and working closely with Northern Health on implications of drug use is also a very important topic that affects far too many youth.

Many parents have noted concerns about the lack of transparency regarding serious situations — in cases ranging from teacher discipline to receiving information about threats to individual students — and in many cases they have perceived a lack of resolution. What will you do as school trustee to ensure transparency and public trust in the school board?

I believe transparency is important.  Privacy issues certainly will play a large part in perceptions, especially if unknown processes are not visible. Clear communication of processes is integral to district transparency.

The school district struggles to find qualified teachers, in particular, but not limited to, for programs like French Immersion and Montessori. As of the last board meeting, SD 59 has teachers on letters of permission (without a teaching certificate) (10.18 FTEs). How do you feel the school district has handled this, and can more be done to recruit teachers?

This seems to be a common concern across the province.   Students deserve qualified teachers.  The district has done a good job and managed to fill those vacant spots, but it’s been a concern for a few years now.   I’d like to encourage AHCOTE and the SD  to do more to recruit  locals…and offer more programming in all of our communities rather than just FSJ,.  Satellite programming to each community might enable locals to pursue while remaining in their communites.  While at the same time develop a recruiting strategy for teachers to move and stay in our communities. More local partnerships might be explored.

What is your stance on the school closure review for Don Titus Montessori that was voted in favour of at the September 19, 2018 board meeting and ultimately the possibility of closing that school for the next school year?

First off I give praise to Chetwynd  for their attempt to bring an alternative such as Montessori, it’s unfortunate the numbers have not supported the longevity, and Little Prairie  School is a beautiful school that can certainly house both school populations.  However, a large LNG project announcement comes on the heels of a school closure announcement.  Mr. Mike Bernier suggested that this project will create many new jobs.  So my concern is…is the timing right to close a school?

 While at the same time we are seeing some significant growth in student population at Pouce Coupe Elementary, that has forced closure on the computer lab  and part of the community library.   A long-term forecast & plan needs to be a priority to ensure local students can attend their community school. 

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Nicole Soontiens (incumbent)

Age: [No answer received]   
Occupation: Caterer and School Trustee
Highest level of education: College Diploma

Why are you running?

For Public education to be inclusive for all students.  To have access to education and a safe learning environment.

What is your current relationship with SD 59? If you are not a current trustee, what experience do you have? If you are running for re-election, what experience, including your time on the board, do you feel qualifies you for the position?

My current position with SD 59 is School trustee, I’m running for my second term. I think my experiences through my time volunteering, being a teacher assistant and a parent at the schools I represent has helped me with community connections; PACs, staff and students.

In your opinion, what is the role of a school trustee?

Students, they are why we are all here! We are here to listen, communicate with parents to advocate for their children’s success.  To make sure their voices are heard at the district and provincial level.

Are there any particular issues with provincial education or local decisions that have you running? Why and what are they?

I would like to see Gwillim Lake open during some of the winter months. The Gwillim Lake Outdoor facility is one of our best kept secrets in our district. Students and staff have the opportunity to connect with nature, engaging students to go outside their comfort zone to find learning experiences that they might not have a chance otherwise.

Mental Health education is important for staff and students alike.  Resources should be available throughout the district.

Clearly every candidate is pro-education, pro-children, pro-common sense and pro-community. What makes you a different candidate than the others? 

My experience in the district as trustee, teacher assistant and parent. I feel this gives me a unique perspective. I have had the chance to serve as a NIB Liaison as well as sitting on Provincial Council in order to better understand and advocate for public education.

One reader notes, regarding rural bus routes, “Many of us live 4 - 5 kms away from the designated bus stops which are usually on highway. This is unacceptable requesting us to drive our children in all kinds of weather to the highway.” They ask, “Are you going to be revisiting the School bus policy?” (In addition to answering yes or no, please elaborate on any thoughts on the matter).  

The Policy Committee has revamped the Bus Policy in October 2017, with the help of Bus Management. They have provided the best solutions within our capabilities which are given to make sure students have access to education within the district for school programs.

One reader has noted a troubling increase in single-issue trustee candidates across the province, specifically those with an anti-SOGI (sexual orientations and gender identities) agenda. What are your views on SOGI resources? (For context, there was considerable debate on the SD59 policy of Diversity and Inclusion, particularly on the clause about washrooms for students with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.)

The SOGI resources within the district have been updated to best suit our students and staff.  My thoughts are that students dealing with sexual orientation gender identity need access to resources.  Staff and parents will also benefit from educational materials that are available. The diversity and Inclusion policy is about understanding that students come from all walks of life and having a place to feel safe when they come to school to learn.

Many parents have noted concerns about the lack of transparency regarding serious situations — in cases ranging from teacher discipline to receiving information about threats to individual students — and in many cases they have perceived a lack of resolution. What will you do as school trustee to ensure transparency and public trust in the school board?

Communication is key for us to bring information to our parents as long as confidentiality is maintained as appropriate and in accordance with policy and law.  

The school district struggles to find qualified teachers, in particular, but not limited to, for programs like French Immersion and Montessori. As of the last board meeting, SD 59 has teachers on letters of permission (without a teaching certificate) (10.18 FTEs). How do you feel the school district has handled this, and can more be done to recruit teachers?

The district staff have gone above and beyond to find teachers to come to our rural school district. There is the ACOTE teacher program at our local Northern Lights College that has local students attending to become teachers for our area. I think we need to find the students who are interest in teaching and give them the opportunity to take and support them in this program. Keeping students here in the area is beneficial to all in the community.  We also have moving allowance that might encourage teachers to come this way, housing expense in our northern community can be overwhelming when starting off in your career.

What is your stance on the school closure review for Don Titus Montessori that was voted in favour of at the September 19, 2018 board meeting and ultimately the possibility of closing that school for the next school year?

 

I voted that the school stay open. The population of the school has grown so it seems a lot to ask for students to up and move to another school in their area when they are doing well within their own school community. No matter where you move your students to, change is hard on students and staff. 

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