Moyra Baxter. —Image: Capital News file

Central Okanagan Board of Education chairwoman Moyra Baxter to seek re-election

Long-time trustee from Peachland says there’s a great deal of work that still needs to be done

Central Okanagan Board of Education chairwoman Moyra Baxter says she will seek another term on the board.

Baxter currently represents the the District of Peachland and the Central Okanagan West electoral area, as well as the two Westbank First Nation reserves on the west side of Okanagan Lake on the board.

But she said despite that, she is concerned with all schools in the district.

“While I’m known as a Westside trustee, all trustees’ responsibilities cover every area of the school district. I’m just as concerned with a school in, say, Glenmore as I am with a school on the Westside. I will work equally hard in all areas of the district,” she said.

She said if re-elected, over the next four years her priorities will include working to build healthy relationships with parents, the community as a whole, and all school district employees.

“Trustees are elected as representatives of their communities and must not pay lip-service to consultation with all stakeholders,” said Baxter.

She also also wants to see the district’s long-term facilities plan updated.

“Having clear long-term plans in place should avoid decisions being made at short notice and assist the board in always looking at the big picture,” she said.

Related: Baxter in as Central Okanagan school board chair for fourth year running

According to Baxter, it is the role and responsibility of each trustee to ensure they have adequate, up-to-date information before making decisions, even if that means delaying a decision. Trustees, she said, are not elected to always support staff recommendations “because they are the experts”.

“If that were the case, then we would not need publicly elected boards of education.”

The long-time board chairwoman said updating the board’s and the district’s strategic plans on a regular basis is also a priority, as is continuing to advocate for capital funds from the Ministry of Education for new and replacement schools in the district.

“We must insist that government funding for K to 12 education is fair, stable, predictable and adequate,” Baxter said.

The final priority on her list if re-elected is to complete negotiations on new contracts with both the Central Okanagan Teachers’ Association and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents Central Okanagan School District support staff.

Voters will go to the polls Oct. 20 to elect board of education trustees, as well as municipal council mayors and councillors.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Scammer targeting elderly in Kelowna with broken-down vehicle story

A door to door scammer is in Kelowna, targeting seniors according to Kelowna RCMP

Kelowna’s definitive Christmas market list

We’ve prepared a list of every market in the Central Okanagan

Okanagan volunteers reflect on building classrooms in Nepal

Through the charity Her International, the volunteer group built four classrooms

Cool Arts’ double header event features Lake Country artist

Celebration of artist Mark Mercer’s work to run alongside community art night in Kelowna.

Kelowna rallies around father of five after cancer diagnosis

Fundraisers are planned throughout November

Weekend weather update: Crisp and sunny

This weekend will see lots of sunshine and below season temperatures for the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen.

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

$224.5 million announced for Highway 1 bridge replacement in Sicamous

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena says bridge option will be announced next month

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Accident north of Vernon involves SUV and semi truck

Minor delays reported in Highway 97 crash

Ontario driver rolls car in Okanagan

Crash near Vernon follows reports of erratic driving

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Most Read