You’re going to hear a lot about declining budgets, ageing infrastructures, class size and composition, rural schools and issues from the recent BCTF strike – all of these are import challenges for the district and the board of trustees. I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with the other elected trustees and district staff to creatively respond to these issues.
However…I routinely work in different school districts that are facing the same problems and in this school district during the last 5 or 6 years I have seen a deterioration in the work environment of this district. More and more district staff appear disillusioned, questioning purpose and value, and are expressing a feeling of disconnect with the district. It doesn’t have to be this way.
I my opinion, the board and staff need to work to identify obtainable, affordable goals and commit to a management environment that produces positive change to the work environment for all employees.
The new Board needs to review the present management strategies and consider what changes are necessary to inspire values and commitment within the staff of the district. There are some very talented teachers and support staff in the district. Our staff needs to be valued, and encouraged to contribute to the day to day workings of the district.
We need to spend more time and resources on what we can do today instead of what we cannot do tomorrow.