School elec­tions on Sun­day

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

Hat­ley El­e­men­tary. She re­tired in 2011.

“Rep­re­sent­ing the needs of the stu­dents would be my pri­or­ity and I be­lieve that the School Board must be flex­i­ble with the needs of its stu­dents. I also be­lieve that par­ents know their chil­dren and so we must lis­ten to them. Some par­ents have mis­con­cep­tions, think­ing that com­mis­sion­ers rep­re­sent the School Board or that hav­ing the com­mis­sion­ers is re­lated to the school taxes,” com­mented Ms. Beaubien.

“A com­mis­sioner must re­spect the opin­ion of par­ents, even if we don’t agree, and we must re­spect the decision of the School Board’s Direc­tors. But who­ever wins the elec­tion in this ward, I know the par­ents will be well­rep­re­sented,” added Mrs. Beaubien.

Bar­bara Heath, of Stanstead, is also run­ning in Ward 6. Ms. Heath has forty years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem, work­ing in the Alexan­der Galt li­brary and in its audio-visual depart­ment, as well as hold­ing the po­si­tion of union pres­i­dent of TRUSS for twelve years. “Work­ing on the inside, I saw what works and what doesn’t work. You have to stay in­volved if you want to get things changed,” ex­plained Ms. Heath about her rea­sons for run­ning. “After work­ing on many fundrais­ers with par­ents over the years, I know that they don’t al­ways feel like they are be­ing heard. The com­mis­sioner makes de­ci­sions that will af­fect their chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion, so we need a com­mis­sioner who can see the whole pic­ture, the needs of the chil­dren and of the staff.”

“A com­mis­sioner has a lot of work to do but I be­lieve they shouldn’t stay for too many years but should pass it on. That’s why peo­ple need to get more in­ter­ested in the School Board,” con­cluded Ms. Heath.

David Wright, of Hat­ley Town­ship, was a school

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