School trustees are an important part of municipal governance, responsible for guiding the work of their school district according to the community’s unique needs. They set plans, policies and the annual budget.
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.”
There are eight candidates for School District 19 Trustee, and five will be elected following General Voting Day on Oct. 15, 2022.
We asked each of the candidates to answer three questions about who they are and why they’re running, what they’d like to achieve as a trustee, and three key issues they’d like to tackle if elected. Here are the responses from candidate Wendy Rota:
Who are you as a community member? Why are you running for SD 19 Trustee?
As a community member I am a lifelong learner, always striving to learn more, explore more and create more. I am running for SD19 trustee to help advocate for others through relationships and leadership.
If elected, what would you like to achieve as a Trustee?
If I was elected as a trustee, I would like to see that SD19 sustains the current resources and funding. My vision is for each student to reach their full potential by promoting individual learning opportunities through dynamic programming.
Please identify three key issues you would like to advance and how you plan to do so if you are elected.
Three key issues that I would like to advance is working in collaboration with stakeholders within our community to help provide dynamic education.
Promoting individual learning opportunities to meet the needs of our students. Supporting our teachers and staff with the opportunity of specialized training and the tools to meet the needs of our students.