Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

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.

Peter Davis

Jeff Lee

Dan Posa

Carla Smi­ley

Mina An­gotti

Rudy Ar­cilla

San­dra Palazzo

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