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 Janet Lemieux:
What are your qualifications for the position?
I have a Masters Degree in Education and have been a teacher, administrator and curriculum specialist in education for over twenty years locally and provincially. I believe that my work in creating and teaching in programs such as Adult Basic Education, English as a Second Language, Adult Literacy, and online courses will be a great asset to the School Board and the sub committees to which I may be assigned. I also have administrative experience as the Program Administrator for Okanagan College locally and in the Trades Department regionally. Consequently, I have a very good understanding of the local educational and training needs, have actively engaged with local business and organization leaders, and have managed budgets, staff and facilities. As a curriculum designer for Thompson Rivers University and Royal Roads University, I managed large teams of people to create online courses to meet institutional and instructional standards. In terms of governance, I have served on the Board of Directors of the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club and Community Connections and have helped the Local Food Initiative and Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre with their strategic plans.
As a trustee, what key issues would you like to advance?
If elected as a School Trustee, I would like the Board to continue to focus on delivering the best quality of education in a safe inclusive environment. To that end, I would work diligently to ensure that monies continue to be managed in a cost-effective way with a focus on spending which will directly support student learning, engagement, and success. I would also like to see the school district continue to keep small classes with proper class compositions and support the District to maintain its important collaborative work with community organizations which supports the health and well-being of our youth.
In addition, I would like to promote continued and expanded partnerships between local businesses and SD19 to meet local skill shortages and encourage student exploration of different careers.
I would support SD19 to continue to explore partnerships with colleges to deliver more college and high school dual credit programming especially in the Trades, Computer Technology, and Tourism areas.
With the introduction of the new curriculum, I will advocate for clear communication and messaging to parents with regards to their childrens’ report cards and graduation. I will also encourage professional development initiatives which will support teachers to implement this new curriculum.
What would you like to achieve as a trustee?
I hope that by the end of my term that the community at large will feel that I have worked diligently on their behalf to promote and develop the best possible education for their children. I hope that the teachers, administration and support staff of SD 19 feel that I have been an engaged and visible member of their community and that I have participated in the Board meetings and activities in a responsible manner by being fully informed of the issues at hand. I also hope that the other members of the School Board feel that my educational experience and knowledge has been an asset to the Board in regular and sub-committee meetings and that I have promoted a collegial and team-based approach to decision making. Ultimately, I hope that my contribution to the Board will help to improve the educational experience for all the children and youth in the district.