Too many trustees? Trustee Variance Public Hearing (February 23rd, 7pm)

A reminder that there will be a public hearing on February 23, 7:00pm, Chatelech Secondary School to hear public input on the following motion:

“That the Board of Education of School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) explore the options of reducing the number of trustees from seven to five and changing electoral areas, including an ‘elected-at-large’ model.”

This discussion is all about public representation in the public school system, so community input is is of the utmost importance to me in considering changes to our current system of electing trustees.

Since trustees are the representatives of the people, my personal feeling is that if enough people are wanting changes to our system, then we should change it. I’m a big believer in more direct democracy in our society, and I’m critical of governments that don’t allow it. I don’t think all things should be decided by “The People,” but I think this is a perfect example of an issue that could be.

So I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.

If enough people are clamouring for change on this issue, then I will support that. Trustees are your representatives, so if you think having less trustees will be beneficial, then I will support that. If you think there is a more equitable way to elect trustees, I’ll support that, too.

People do need to speak up, though, because the opposite is also true: if there isn’t a significant amount of people calling for change on this issue, then I am less likely to support going through the process of requesting that the Minister of Education make changes to our system.

Personally, I am going to be guided by the will of the people on this one.

So get the feedback flowing in: at the public hearing, via email, snail mail, blogs, tweets, skywriting, however! Just get it in!



Filed under Canadian politics, Education, Sunshine Coast Board of Education

4 responses to “Too many trustees? Trustee Variance Public Hearing (February 23rd, 7pm)

  1. Silas White

    Written feedback to the board will be accepted through March 18. Written input will be received until March 18, 2011 and can be emailed to, mailed to Colleen McPhedran, School District No. 46, PO Box 220, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0 or dropped off at 494 South Fletcher Road, Gibsons, BC.

    • Jason Scott

      Thanks for pointing that out, Silas. If you want to ensure that the board as a whole receives and has a chance to consider your feedback, make sure you get it in by March 18th, 2011.

      In addition to that, not in any way to contradict that, as an individual trustee I will be open to feedback up until we are actually prepared to vote on requesting a variance from the Minister of Education.

  2. Dave Stoddart

    Jason, how long did you all have to sit still while the painter made that painting? Hours? Days? And the woman (I assume) standing… is that Fran? Standing for a long time is difficult; you guys were smart to do it seated…

    • Jason Scott

      Hi Dave, yes it was days. It was worth it, but as you can see by the look on my face, I was getting a bit impatient by the end. You can also tell by Silas’ beard length that it was a few days of sitting. Even Greg’s beard got a little out of hand.

      Yes that is Fran as the schoolmarm, such fortitude!

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