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 Chell:
What are your qualifications for the position?
I have been a School Trustee in Revelstoke for the past 34 years. I have a good understanding of the role of trustees and how governance works. During my tenure, I served as Board Chair for over 20 years and have always enjoyed productive working relationships with all stakeholders and partner groups in the education system. As a District, we have always balanced our budget and performed very well right from kindergarten readiness to graduation rates.
On the provincial level, I am currently Chair of the BC Public Employers Association and Vice Chair of the BC Public Education Trust. I have experience working with provincial government politicians and staff. As part of the District leadership team, working well provincially led to the new Revelstoke Secondary School, Begbie View Elementary, Performing Arts Centre, Gymnastics Centre and Early Learning Hub for Revelstoke.
As a trustee, what key issues would you like to advance?
I have been at the provincial bargaining table for negotiations with both the BC Teachers Federation (BCTF) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). We have just reached a 3 year framework agreement with CUPE and I look forward to contributing to the upcoming negotiations with the BCTF.
Locally, some of the key issues facing our District will be:
- Selling our surplus school sites
- Continuing to implement the revised curriculum
- Continue to implement restored language for class size and composition. It should be noted that our District has always focused on this priority and our class sizes and specialist ratios have always been student focused
- Working on initiatives for student wellness and mental health and well being
What would you like to achieve as a trustee?
We have a School District that has a history of putting the focus on students in the classroom and working well together as partners and a community to support education.
If I am re-elected I would be proud to continue to do my part as a contributing member of this education team.