School elections on Sunday
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