Board com­mu­ni­ca­tion lack­ing - steer

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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.”

Bill Steer

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