The needs of rural schools, the ability of school boards to localize collective bargaining, funding shortfalls and whether teachers should be penalized monetarily for their job action were among the topics discussed Wednesday night at an all-candidates forum for District 57 school trustees.
On behalf of DPAC, thank you to the PGDTA for co-sponsoring this event, the trustee candidates who came and who answered some very tricky questions, and to all those who attended.
At the forum, each candidate was given 2 minutes for an introduction, 3 questions were asked of each trustee candidate, and then each candidate had one minute for a closing comment.
Here are the introduction speeches at the forum, starting at 6 minutes:
The District Parent Advisory Council and the Prince George District Teachers’ Association sent three questions each to each trustee candidate, to be returned November 4th. We have posted the answers received below.
Why are you running for school trustee?
What is your position on choice of school and programming in School District 57?
How will you ensure that parents and other education partners are involved in decision-making?
What specific actions would you take to ensure better classroom composition for the students of School District 57?
How do you plan to advocate for District 57 students even if it means opposing government initiatives?
How will you ensure teachers have input in the implementation of 21st century learning initiatives?
On Oct 18th, the District had Dr. Marian Small speak to parents at UNBC, which was quite successful (55 parents). At the end of that evening, those attending were asked if they would like to attend an evening where they could come and see how the math is taught today and see for themselves why it is being done these ways. There was a high number of hands that went up. So to that end there has been an evening scheduled to start to look at elementary math. Hopefully, it will be the first of many, and discussions around mathematics will be fostered.
November 22 6:30-8:00 pm at the Van Bien Training and Development Center (attached to east side of Van Bien elementary 311 Wilson Cres.)
If people are interested please have them email Brian Hatcher directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, along with the elementary grade level that they are most interested in. There is a maximum of 25 participants for this first evening.
District Math Resource Teacher
SD#57 Prince George B.C.
2100 Ferry St.
250 561-6800 loc 318