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.”