“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!