CBE hopeful says diverse voices needed
Samantha Macleod is running in Wards 12/14
A Calgary woman running for public school trusteeship in Wards 12 and 14 said a voice and perspective like hers has never been at the board table.
Samantha Macleod — who owns and operates her own accounting and financial services business — said she thinks diverse voices are needed at the Calgary Board of Education trustee level.
Macleod said her campaign is “pro-child” with a specific interest in special needs education and funding to be more accessible to children who need it. She said one way to start improving this is by advocating to Alberta Education for a change in the definition of alternative schools.
“We need to actually sit down and recognize which families are utilizing these programs and what purpose they serve our community.”
Macleod said she’d also advocate changing the definition of alternative schools in order to deal with transportation issues at the CBE.
“Those schools need to stop being considered alternative programs — and I would fight for those not to be considered as such by Alberta Education,” she said. “That kind of communication between the CBE and the Alberta government hasn’t effectively happened, despite needing to happen several years in a row.”
Further, Macleod would like to work towards improving parentteacher communication.
“Often parents are the expert on their child and teachers are the expert on education. Those two things can work so well together when they’re working,” she said. “Figuring out how to have mutual respect between parents and teachers and how much support each one can actually give to the other is key.”
In 2012, Macleod was a leader in the First 2,000 days project — an early childhood development initiative — that tested all kindergarten students and figured out a timeline for what they’d require from the community.
Macleod said she is self-funding her campaign with a few small donations from individuals, and said she’d like to see the removal of funding from political parties, corporations, and unions from trustee elections.
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Samantha Macleod is one of nine candidates in Wards 12/14.