CBE trustees look to get back on track

Cal­gary New CBE board to be sworn in Friday

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It’s no se­cret that things have been tense be­tween the Cal­gary Board of Ed­u­ca­tion and Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion over the last few years.

Be­tween Bill 1 con­fu­sion, trans­porta­tion woes, and the re­cent/on­go­ing re­view of the CBE’s fi­nances by Al­berta Ed— which came af­ter a back and forth be­tween the two in the media — trustees, and coun­cil­lors are ready to get back on track and work to­gether.

Mar­i­lyn Dennis, trustee-elect for Wards 5 and 10, said the board will be in­ten­tional in invit­ing pos­i­tive and hon­est di­a­logue with the prov­ince and the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter David Eggen.

“He’s ul­ti­mately the one who makes de­ci­sions so we need to have a good un­der­stand­ing be­tween us on how de­ci­sions im­pact the work we’re try­ing to get done,” she said.

Eggen said he hopes to meet with the new board in the “near fu­ture,” and that he and his min­istry will con­tinue to work along­side the CBE to im­prove things.

Trina Hur­d­man, the for­mer trustee in Wards 6 and 7 and trustee-elect in Wards 1 and 2 said the key to any ef­fec­tive work­ing re­la­tion­ship is com­mu­ni­ca­tion—but it has to go both ways.

“In the past, the CBE was al­ways so anx­ious to ad­vo­cate for our stu­dents that we may have been too ag­gres­sive,” she said. “We were just talk­ing rather than also lis­ten­ing.”

She said the provin­cial govern­ment in­her­ited a tough fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion and the CBE needs to spend more time lis­ten­ing to their per­spec­tive be­cause they have many more MLAs in the city than trustees. “What’re they hear­ing from par­ents and ci­ti­zens? How do they think we can im­prove?” she said.

In­cum­bent trustee for Wards 11 and 13, Julie Hrdlicka, echoed th­ese sen­ti­ments.

Metro File

CBE trustees are ready to talk—and lis­ten to Al­berta Ed­u­ca­tion.

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