CANDIDATE: Val Rich (SD51 -- Trustee)

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Please give a brief summary of who you are and why you have decided to run for office.

We have lived in Grand Forks for over 14 yrs. One of the key things on our list for retiring here was the schools due to the fact we were raising two grandsons. We were impressed with how well our questions and concerns were met by each school administrator and office staff. 

Over the years we participated in many activities revolving around education. Sports, reading programs, the PAC and many presentations to the school board over crucial issues.

I have a very excellent understanding of the education system in this district. Education is a top priority on my agenda considering my late husband and I have raised 13 children and now have 42 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. 

I do not like acclamation where a nominee gets elected because he or she is the only one stepping up to the plate. I understand it is not easy to give the time because of busy lifestyles. I am willing to give my energy and time to this endeavour.I believe we can make it better

What is your background? Have you held office before? What skills do you bring to the job if you are elected?

We owned and operated a contracting company before retiring in our early 50s. Finance was very important in surviving in our business. I have reviewed the school district finances over the years. They are are posted online. Numbers tell a story. 

We were involved with the BMX club for five years, husband president and at different times I was secretary and treasurer. The club motto was “For the Kids." It was excellent experience with the parents and kids who now have graduated  and are out in the work force. (It was) lots of hard work for everybody but most rewarding. You have to love racing. Now (I) run a small seasonal nursery. At one time we participated in the Farmer’s Market selling cut flowers and plants, which was an amazing experience because I met so many people in the community plus many people passing through Grand Forks. Do you ever learn many things selling flowers.

What do you think are the top three challenges facing the city/region/school district in the upcoming term?

  1. Finances.
  2. Transparency needs to be improved upon
  3. Communication

How do you plan on addressing these challenges?

This has to be a team effort. We need to be informed and work together towards goals we set. We all bring diversity and different experiences to the table

If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be? 

  • knowledgable
  • open minded
  • adapt to different situations easily

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? 

One thing I want people to know about me is that I am well informed and accessible.

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