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Advance Voting Tomorrow!

Tomorrow (Wednesday, November 9th) is the first advance voting day–your first opportunity to choose who will represent you on local boards and councils for the next three years!

Advance voting polls will be open from 8am-8pm, at the following areas:

  • Gibsons Community Centre (700 Park rd.): for Gibsons area candidates and SCRD area School Trustees and Directors.
  • SCRD office (1975 Field Rd): for SCRD area Trustees and Directors (including “A” and “B”).
  • Seaside Centre(5790 Teredo Street): for Sechelt Trustees, Councillors, and Mayoral candidates.

If you would like to cast a vote for yours truly for School Trustee, and you live in School District Rural Area 2 (West Howe Sound, Elphinstone, Roberts Creek, Sechelt Indian Government District) you can vote at either the SCRD Field road office or the Gibsons Community Centre.

Get out and vote!

 

 

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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!

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Remaining positive through tough budgets.

The new year brings about the worst job (in my opinion) of a Board of Education: setting the budget for the next school year. I guess there was a time when talking about school district budgets wasn’t depressing-back in the heyday of climbing enrollments.

There is a lot of messages floating around about education funding going on these days: some factual, some political, most a bit of both. However, one thing is pretty cut and dry: declining enrollment. We get the vast majority of our funding on a per-pupil basis, so fewer students means less money.

And we are likely to have fewer students next year.

I’m feeling optimistic, though. I actually feel like we could be on the cusp of some exciting changes, a renewed focus on education as a priority in our society. Continue reading

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Teachers: Got Vision? Tell a trustee!

I recently replied thusly–

“Do you have to start a new school to utilize the great ideas here? What’s stopping one from implementing these ideas? (I see from your earlier posts that you have already started.) I’m not being argumentative or facetious here. I’m a school trustee (BC, Canada) and if a teacher presented me with this vision I’d say, “let’s make it happen.” Here’s the rules: a) you probably can’t have much more money. b)students need to learn certain things (and be able to demonstrate that-somehow.) Those stipulations are significant, no doubt, but do they necessarily prevent your vision?”

–to a teacher’s post in which she imagined a school that implemented some bold, positive changes in the approach towards educating children. I would say the ideas fit nicely into many of the aspects of the 21st Century Learning discussions we’ve been having.

I do believe that to be true–that is I would love to hear (and support) creative/innovative approaches to education in our district.

So, try me.

Of course keep talking to your colleagues and our educational leaders, but don’t forget about your simple but proud trustees. You might be surprised by the willingness to explore new approaches and ideas.

We just want to be included. Our cold stares only mask the bitter loneliness deep inside us*. Facebook friends aren’t real friends.

*some trustees may be neither bitter or lonely. Or staring.

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Board of Education Regular Public Meeting Feb. 08, 2011

The next regular meeting of the Sunshine Coast Board of Education will be Feb. 08, 2011, 7:00pm, at the School Board office. Did you know that the agendas for regular public meetings are available on the Friday prior to meetings? You can find the full February agenda here. If you can’t attend the meeting, express yourself here, or via email: jscott@dccnet.com. Continue reading

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Sunshine Coast School District to Review Number of Trustees and Electoral Boundaries

Should the Sunshine Coast reduce the number of school trustees? Should trustees be elected “at large?”  At last night’s meeting (Jan. 11, 2011) we passed a motion to look at cutting the number of trustees representing our district from five to seven, and to also look at how trustees are elected.

These are both valid considerations to look at, and could result in significant change in our district. There are solid arguments on both sides of this debate, and I will endeavour to follow up with some balanced information. Hopefully others will chime in as well.

Trustees are the representatives of the public and the public pays the bills, so the next step will be consulting with our community.

 

 

 

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Next SD46 Board of Education Regular Meeting: Jan.11, 2011

The next regular meeting of the Sunshine Coast Board of Education will be Jan. 11, 2011, 7:00pm, at the School Board office. Did you know that the agendas for regular public meetings are available on the Friday prior to meetings? You can find the full January agenda here. If you can’t attend the meeting, express yourself here, or via email: jscott@dccnet.com.

Here are a few highlights:

We have an interesting, education related presentation to start meetings off. It’s worth coming just to watch the presentations. And, yes, you could theoretically leave right after.

This month’s presentation:

“The State of Children’s Development – Locally & Provincially”

K. Deasey – Early Learning Coordinator – District Programs & Services

Motions to be considered:

Only one motion in the agenda this month (motions can also be raised during meetings):

BYLAW 10.0 – VOTING (i) MOTION:

“THAT the Board of Education of School District No. 46 (Sunshine Coast) agrees to a second reading of the following motion regarding Bylaw 10.0 Voting:

Delete: 10.3 If a trustee wishes to have their vote recorded, he or she must so request before or immediately after the vote is taken.

Change: 10.5 Voting shall be by show of hands and only the results recorded unless a member requests recording of names before the vote is taken. Where names are recorded both positive and negative votes shall be recorded.

To: 10.4 Voting shall be by show of hands and votes in the negative shall be recorded.”

MOTION:

“THAT the motion to amend Bylaw 10.0 Voting be read for a third time, passed and adopted.”

 

Okay, technically that’s two.

 

Regulations for Circulation:

One regulation currently being reviewed:

Regulation 1590 – Head Lice (Circulating until March 8, 2011).

See the full regulation in the agenda, pages 47-48.

 

I want to hear your thoughts on these issues! Don’t wait until after decisions are made!

 

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