Andrew Caldwell School Board Trustee Candidate

Candidate wants more transparency

School Board Trustee candidate Andrew Caldwell thinks it is time for some change in the district

School Board Trustee candidate Andrew Caldwell thinks it is time for some change in the district.

“I am standing as a school trustee as a concerned parent, because I feel that it is time for a change – not just a change of trustees (although that would help), but a change in attitude,” said Caldwell.

“The board appears to make policy based only on listening to the wants and needs of the administration, not the wants and needs of the community. They need to do both.”

Caldwell says that opening the lines of communication between the board and the community would go a long way to fixing the problem.

“I would like to take a leaf out of the town council’s books, and have coffee klatches, where the trustees representing a zone make themselves available to listen to the community,” he said.

“They also need to debate contentious issues in public, not to debate in secret ‘working groups,’ announcing only their decisions in public – if only to demonstrate that they really are listening.”

Caldwell, who has volunteered in the community through programs like Search and Rescue, the Ski Patrol and One to One Reading, has three children attending elementary school in the district. This perspective has given him insight into some of the things he thinks can be improved.

“I have a strong stance against bullying, and believe that there is always more that can be done to prevent it,” he said.

“In particular, chronic bullying can be as devastating on a child’s future as lacking basic numeracy or literacy.”

As far as the educational need in the area goes, Caldwell has a very simple philosophy, although he admits it won’t necessarily be easy to achieve.

“Educationally, my goal is that every child needs to be given the opportunity to reach his or her potential. A child should neither be left behind, nor held back.”

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

From baseball stars to forest fires: Southeast Fire Centre water bomber has an interesting past

Tanker 489 is stationed in Castlegar this year, but in the 1960s it belonged to the L.A. Dodgers.

Morning Start: Naps could save your life

Your morning start for Wednesday, July 9, 2020

From Mountains to Prairies another example of Golden’s local music talent

The band is slotted to perform at next Wednesday’s edition of Summer Kicks

Kicking Horse Movies reopens in time to celebrates 70 years

After a lengthy layoff due to COVID-19 the theatre is open to the public once more

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision by Golden

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

Pandemic total 3,028 cases, 51 people from outside Canada

Kelowna taxpayers could pay $90K for losses caused by cancelled Memorial Cup

$135,000 would be put aside for a potential bid for a future opportunity to host the tournament

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Motorcycle rider seriously injured in collision with vehicle on Highway 97 west of Pritchard

Chase RCMP report that motorcycle was attempting to pass when crash occurred

Predator mutilated cats in Kelowna: BC SPCA

The BC SPCA confirmed a mutilated cat was killed by a predator

LETTER: Former Summerland mayors speak out on solar project

Five former Summerland mayors sign name to short letter

Emergency crews conduct CPR on unresponsive person in Okanagan Lake

West Kelowna emergency crews are on scene at the shores of Jubilee Mobile Home Park

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Most Read