Trustees must advocate for entire district

It’s gratifying to see heightened interest in public education and an increase in candidates running for school trustee.

To the Editor,

It’s gratifying to see heightened interest in public education and an increase in candidates running for school trustee. Given the numbers, it is imperative for voters to ensure they are well informed and carefully consider the track record of trustees running for re-election and the background and motivation of those running for the first time.

The current board must be commended for its collaboration, perseverance and for forging ahead with a governance model that resulted in a sound strategic plan and vision for this district – something that has been desperately needed.

There is no question we face ongoing declining enrolment and continued underfunding of public education by our provincial government. These are realities we cannot continue to ignore. Therefore, in order to provide the best possible educational opportunities for all students in the district, trustees must make some difficult and unpopular decisions. It is critical that we move forward and support the current strategic plan and lobby the ministry in the most prudent and practical way possible.

Do your research and think carefully prior to casting your vote, especially for candidates who are focused on single issues. Remember, an elected trustee’s fiduciary duty is owed to the board as a whole and collectively they must remain focused on maximizing the overall, long-term educational picture of the entire district.

Barb HumphervilleNanaimo