I have had a lovely break this summer with lots of family, and particularly grandchildren, time.
I am very much looking forward to the new school year with a John Horgan provincial government and a Rob Fleming Minister of Education that is openly committed to supporting public education both verbally and financially.
There are many issues both locally in New Westminster and provincially that will need to be discussed, decided and dealt with, and we need to do that in a collaborative way between all the different groups in education. We need to desperately move away from the top down, no consultation, practices of the last 16 years and move on a more collaborative model of decision making.
We have the implementation of the Supreme Court decision that ended 16 years of provincial eduction wars.
We have the local issue of FINALLY getting shovels in the ground and starting work soon on the construction of a new secondary school in New Westminster.
We have the provincial issue of seismic upgrading all of our schools in BC, one that directly impacts some New Westminster schools.
We have a new provincial curriculum that I believe was rushed into implementation without the necessary discussions about assessment methodologies and any changes in our ways of reporting. There needs to be much more collaboration with the Ministry of Education and School Districts around the province. We need to get away from every district being forced to do it’s own thing and have some provincial discussions about some optional common ways that we could be approaching assessment and reporting.
Locally I am looking forward to the new school year on the New Westminster School Board. I believe that the coming year will be one of greater collaboration on the School Board.