RUNNING AS AN INDEPENDENT
Retired teacher/administrator, age 72
South Langley resident who’s lived in Langley 49 years
I have lived in Langley for 49 years.
I was a teacher or administrator for over 33 years, retiring in 2007.
I worked in many schools throughout the Langley district, which gives me a strong understanding of the differences and needs of these school communities.
I have been a school trustee for the last 18 months.
My wife, Diane, worked in the dDistrict and we have two children, both educated in the Langley district. We now have two grandchildren going to school in the district.
In 2005, I ran for Township of Langley council and served four terms.
The Langley district has been my home, my job, my commitment for the past 49 years.
I am independent – with no ties to other candidates or slate.
Have you held office in past? If so, please specify: I was a Township Councillor for 4 terms, 13 years (2005-2018). I have been a trustee for 1 ½ years (2021-2022).
(These answers are presented as the candidates submitted them)
1. Do you agree with how SOGI material and other sex education is currently taught in the classroom, including LGBTQ2S content and sexual consent?
Don’t know. The SOGI program and materials were developed and implemented from the Ministry of Education. These are prescribed materials available in every public and private school in the province. Each school district has their own implementation strategy and for our District this is covered in ‘Administrative Procedure 170 (Anti-Harassment & Anti-Discrimination’. Parent information and resources for SOGI 123 are available there and the Physical Education & Health Education Curriculum continuum are available there as well. Further to this, each school has their own SOGI resource person, often a counselor who is aware of all the District guidelines and expectations and acts as a guide and resource for teachers in their school. Langley School District has taken a very careful, thoughtful and collaborative approach to the implementation of SOGI to ensure transparency.
2. Are class sizes too big?
Yes. Class size is determined by contract language, but yes I would like to see them smaller.
3. Should all students with diverse abilities or special needs be taught in regular classrooms?
My 34 years of working in the Langley School District has lead me to believe strongly in integration of all students in to the regular classroom. Having said that, there may well be times that integrated students would benefit from small group instruction and learning support outside the regular classroom setting to assist them in meeting their I.E.P. goals and achievement outcomes. The key to successful integration of diverse learners in to the regular classroom is based on the need for in class support through S.E.A. support. We need to ensure adequate S.E.A.’s are hired to support the diverse and special needs learners and we give them the tools necessary to maximize their ability to work hand in hand with those students.
4. Is the provincial government providing enough funding for public schools?
No, absolutely not. The present funding mechanism is broken and needs to be completely overhauled.
5. Should the district set a deadline to switch to an all-electric bus and vehicle fleet?
No. The District has started the transition to electrifying the fleet of buses and vehicle fleet. This transition will be a slow and methodical process. Issues have arisen with the buses that arrived, within the charging process, which means that the industry still cannot deliver a product that is consistent and reliable.
6. Should there be more emphasis on STEM courses in schools?
7. Should the district consider offering distance education for some students on a regular basis, based on what was learned during the pandemic?
Yes. The District does an excellent job through its U-Connect school option. The registration for this type of schooling is very popular especially since the Covid pandemic.
8. Should the district have a strategy to reduce the use of portables?
Yes. The strategy to reduce the use of portables really relies on a strong advocacy and strategy for building new schools. These two issues are closely intertwined and a good strategy to reduce portables must be developed and be robust and doable.
9. Should there be more emphasis on Indigenous-based history and culture courses?
Yes. As the reconciliation journey is only beginning within our District ,and the instruction and understanding of indigenous history and culture is an important part of our foundation to our understanding of the reconciliation journey past and future.
10. Should new elementary schools be built larger, to accommodate more students and deal with continuing rapid enrolment growth?
Yes. The need to build bigger schools will do two things, it will better deal with the issue of reducing the reliance on portables and also if we build up (schools of 2 or 3 stories) it will enable a smaller footprint allowing for larger play and playground area for student use.
How the questions were presented to each candidate
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