The other week I sent a questionnaire to every candidate running in the 2021 Langley School Board Trustee By-Election. The questions were intended to be nonpartisan, important, and focused on the future of Langley’s schools. I deeply appreciate the responses received as it would have taken these candidates serious time to respond. I hope that if you like the responses provided that you’ll share the posts of your favourite candidates. These posts are NOT endorsements of any candidate and the answers have NOT been edited. -Brad Richert
What current issues do you see as most pressing on the board?
A – COVID Health and safety management
B – COVID fall out economically and operationally upon education
C – ADAPTING and changing the education tools and systems to respond to all the pressures. COVID being the most pressing. While considering making one change can force many other changes.
What are the challenges you foresee arising for the board in the next 18 months and the following term?
- Increased costs and tightened funding. This will show up as incremental cost increases across the range of expenses we already have plus increases in COVID specific expenses.
- Managing the domino effects of COVID
What are your top 3 priorities for the remainder of this term?
COVID and COVID and CHANGE
How do you believe the board has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic so far? Do you believe any changes need to be made?
The proof is in the results. We are doing better than many education systems but that success might be fleeting.
How do you plan to foster positive relationships with parents & teachers over the remainder of this term?
Take advantage of increased societal focus on digital tools and integrate them appropriately.
What sort of responsibility do you believe the board has in the overall community?
The board sets the tone for the administration, which in turn sets the tone for the educators, which in turn teach our children. If the board leads well then through natural leadership we produce good results for our children. We need to lead well for the benefit of all students.
There are just under 1,900 new apartment condo units scheduled to be completed this year in Willoughby alone. The school board currently projects an average of approximately 1 school age child for every 6 condo units – given the recent rise in housing prices, do you believe this is enough? Why or why not?
I don’t think I have enough information to answer this question right now. If this was a game show I would call an urban planner for the answer.
Do you or have you had children in the Langley school board system?
Yes, I have 4 children who all graduated from School district 35 in Langley.
Are you planning to run for school board trustee in the 2022 general election ?
I am undecided. If I win this election then the answer is yes I would run for a second term. If I lose miserably in this election then I will lick my wounds and probably not run again. If I am in the middle the answer is “it depends”.
Why you, why now?
Please see my blog post at grantfortrustee.ca
- I have the time. I am semi-retired
- I am qualified as an accountant to bring a perspective to the board that I think it needs.
- I am not supported by a special interest or special interest group and my children are graduated from the school district so I can be objective in my decision making.
Thank you Grant Gilmour for your responses and good luck on the rest of the campaign!
I invite my readers to join us for the “Meet Your Candidates” Live Event at TalkLangley.com on February 17, 2021, 7:00-9:00pm.
The event will be hosted on Facebook Live Stream by former Langley School Board Trustee Candy Ashdown and myself, Brad Richert, with opening remarks by former Langley School Board Chairperson Megan Dykeman, MLA (Langley East). We hope to see you there!
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