As the mother of two teenage children, who is very passionate about education, I feel it is time for change. The areas that I believe are in need of the most change are equality, accountability and voice.
In the area of equality, I believe that every child in the district, whether they live in Yahk, Creston or Nelson, deserves equal opportunity to the best education possible. After Creston was amalgamated with Nelson, not only did our board office move to Nelson and we became the most geographically diverse district in the province but we did not become equals. Currently, Nelson has over 20 programs of choice and Creston has only four. I strongly feel that our children deserve more.
As for accountability, I feel the district needs to be more accountable for the $53 million budget. At any given moment, they should know where their pennies are going. For the past 16 years, I was involved in a family business with my husband and if we didn’t know where our pennies were going, we were in serious trouble. As a taxpayer, you should know how your money is being spent and that information should be more easily accessible.
Lastly and most importantly is our voice. Over the past few weeks I have travelled throughout my riding talking to parents and am astounded how many don’t realize just how strong a voice they really have. As parents, your children are the most important thing you will ever do. So why not advocate for them? It truly is time to put the public back in public education.
I would love the opportunity to take on the challenges of equality and accountability and represent your voice, but I need your vote in order to do so. I encourage you to exercise your democratic right to vote on Nov. 19 so that together we can make changes.
Rebecca Huscroft is seeking election as the South Rural trustee for the School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) board of education.
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The Advance asked each candidate for Creston town council and mayor, Regional District of Central Kootenay director and School District No. 8 (Kootenay Lake) trustee — as well as acclaimed directors Garry Jackman (Area A) and Larry Binks (Area C) — to submit about 300 words to describe their goals, background, qualifications, concerns — whatever mattered to them. Of the 27 candidates, only two, Jackman and Creston town council candidate Louis Mihaly, chose not to make a submission.