Boards of education are an important part of municipal governance, but often overlooked. As part of the Mountaineer’s coverage of the upcoming municipal election we’ve asked trustee candidates for the Revelstoke School District 19 Board of Education to share how they can help enhance education in our community.
According to the British Columbia School Trustees Association trustees “engage their communities in building and maintaining a school system that reflects local priorities, values and expectations.”
We asked each of the candidates to answer three questions about their qualifications, key issues, and what they’d like to achieve as a trustee. Here are the responses from candidate Alan Polster.
What are your qualifications for the position?
Since both of my parents were high school teachers, I grew up in an environment of education. Over the last 10 years I have volunteered at my son’s schools and invested in working with his teachers to ensure his education is the best it can be.
My experience with managing large projects and supervising employees at Parks Canada, will help with the personnel and budget aspects of being a trustee.
I know that if I am elected, I will initially face a steep learning curve and I am prepared to invest in my own education to become an effective trustee.
As a trustee, what key issues would you like to advance?
I think that teacher and teaching assistant levels still need to be adjusted to meet the needs of the diverse student population. The current budget deficit needs to be addressed, possibly through increased funding or adjusted spending.
What would you like to achieve as a trustee?
I would like to build on the great work that SD 19 has been doing with early childhood education, with particular focus on ESL students. I would like to work with the teachers to insure that they have the resources that they need, and I would like to encourage more environmental and outdoor teaching.