One of the longest serving Langley School District trustees will go for another term.
Rod Ross has announced a run in the Nov. 15 election as one of the Township seats. He was a trustee 1990 to 1996 and was re-elected in 1999.
â€œWe must ensure that every student is successful… our society cannot afford to to lose even one. It may seem quaint… but I do believe… we can do great things together,â€ he added.
Ross was on the district through some of its worst times, such as school closings and the discovery of a $13.5 million debt which had to be repaid, and wants to continue working as a trustee.
â€œThe board is functioning well,â€ he said. â€œThe district is healthy financially, its leadership is passionate and committed to excellence and it has a new vision to be an â€˜innovative, inspiring and unified learning communityâ€™.â€
He said a key reason for his run is the need for new schools.
â€œThis is of paramount concern for us and one that will command much of the new Boardâ€™s attention,â€ Ross said.
He said the district needs to be more innovative to achieve its goals.
â€œThe current paradigm of the government funding our every building need must be challenged,â€ he said.
Ross added that he thinks schools have appropriate emergency protocols but not â€œthe Big Oneâ€.