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CANDIDATE: David Reid (SD51 -- Trustee)
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Please give a brief summary of who you are and why you have decided to run for office.
My name is David Reid, I am married and have a twelve year old son in our school system. I went to school in Grand Forks and graduated from Grand Forks Secondary School. Over the past 3 years I have enjoyed representing Area D as a School Trustee. During this time the school district went through a teacher strike, hiring a Superintendent, hiring a Director of Instruction, a major shuffle of Principal placements, of which brought the 4 school model in the West, explored a middle school model district wide, and another teachers strike. The last 3 years were a busy time, personnel wise, for the school district. I wasn’t sure I was going to run again but with full family support we decided it would be great to be a part, of what I believe, will be a time when we are able to focus more on the students.
What is your background? Have you held office before? What skills do you bring to the job if you are elected?
I am the Area D incumbent and am currently employed at the City of Grand Forks at Public Works. In my first term I was voted onto the Provincial Education Committee by the trustees of our Kootenay branch and participated in the Provincial Council as an alternate. I believe my current career complements the role of a trustee as I am part of a similar local government and know the organizational structure. I am comfortable working in and with a unionized workplace. If I am elected, I bring a solid background in working with people in some difficult times and working to find solutions.
What do you think are the top three challenges facing the city/region/school district in the upcoming term?
Some of the challenges we are facing in our school district are grouping of students, financially struggling families, and rebuilding relationships that were damaged at the provincial level.
How do you plan on addressing these challenges?
We looked at grouping students with the middle school model but after public consultations, labour issues and timelines, we didn’t change to that model. We didn’t want to rush an important decision because we felt we needed to change. We had a successful system in place and we were just looking to make it better. With the enrollment level where it is at, it’s inevitable that we look at the issue of grouping kids together once again. This will probably come in the form of 3 grade blends in some of our schools over the next couple of years. To be successful, we need to make sure the schools that will be accommodating this have the tools they need in place. For the financially struggling families there is a balancing act between different government bodies to help with the different needs. The schools and Parent Advisory Committee have programs in place to address some of these issues like the breakfast program where students can get some toast in the morning before school starts. Also with the different programs like the after school art and sport programs. I know we have great partnerships in place but would like to see if we can improve in this area as the need seems to be increasing. With our teacher relationships we have put the funding support in the classrooms that we believed we could afford without being financially reckless. I hope to continue to visit schools to hear from teachers and staff and support new ideas and programs at the board level. I will use the avenues available to me to voice my concerns with the need to increase the full time equivalent funding in our education system. I have a son in the system and see firsthand what a tremendous job our teachers do in the School District.
If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be?
Ambitious, forthright, and approachable
What is the one thing that makes you stand out as a candidate? OR What is the one thing you want people to know about you?
I will say and do the right thing for our students, even when it’s not necessarily popular or in my own best interests.