Mina Angotti, 50 One of the most important roles the board can fill is to understand their role as one voice of seven in unity. It is a privilege to serve our Catholic education with truthfulness about our faith. We must be very mindful, but most importantly we need to step out of our more self-centred ways and serve our students in what is best for them, our community and our society. Dan Posa, 52
There are two key issues that require the board’s attention: 1. Numeracy: compared to other international jurisdictions our children are falling behind in mathematics. 2. Mental Health: we don’t nearly have the right supports in place to deal with mental health issues in schools. Carla Smiley, 53
I believe the board needs to develop a communications strategy, reaching out to all the stakeholders in Catholic education to receive regular feedback and to report on progress being made. Rudy Arcilla, 73
Judging from the media exposure, it seems to me that other important needs of the student population have been put under the burner. The need of equitable and fair busing costs so all parents are served well and equally without “punishing” students due to distance or proximity to their learning source. Peter Davis, 64
I am not privy to the discussions that take place in the committee of the whole. I think a major item for the radar of the new board will be the process and outcome of the search and selection for a new superintendent, since I understand Joan Carr is retiring. Sandra Palazzo, 57
There are unresolved policy issues of the previous board that will need to be identified and appropriately addressed. As Alberta Education is currently in consultations to discuss potential amendments to the School Act, it would be of direct benefit for school boards across the province to be informed on the outcomes of the discussions. Jeff Lee, 45
My constituents want to know why the media is marginalizing LGBTQ students when all students are equally important. The board needs to get back to the basic principles of ensuring all students are safe and making sure all students are respected in school. We need to revisit Policy 18, Policy 19, Policy 20 and Administrative Procedure 160 to ensure the safety and respect of all students in ECS.