Board communication lacking - steer
better communications will go a long way to solving problems on the Near North district school board, according to a candidate for trustee in the Oct. 22 election.
bill steer, who is running for the West Nipissing/north bay zone, pointed to the decision by the board to delay the date for closing Widdifield secondary school, comments made by other trustee candidates and the launching of an investigation by the provincial ombudsman to investigate the Widdifield closing rather than chippewa secondary school.
“effective communication provides opportunities to share information and ideas that build stronger relationships while promoting accountability throughout the school board,” steer said.
he said more sharing with community stakeholders is necessary.
“We have a strategic plan to guide us and the new board of trustees will realize a great deal of time and effort has been invested by the current board and senior staff into this document,” he said.
‘Trustees play a key leadership role in public education and ensure their local school boards are accountable to parents, guardians, teachers and their local communities for student success and well-being, while also ensuring financial stewardship. Ongoing, transparent and regular communication is essential. The existing plan and ongoing revisions are key in moving forward.
“I propose to create an ‘education Matters’ e-zine that will be forwarded to all those involved in the betterment of our Nndsb students and staff. an ad-hoc communication committee could be established.”