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.”


Just Posted

Weekly Mountain Minute

This week’s top news stories:… Continue reading

De Groot family still waiting for inquest after 2014 Slocan shooting

Lawyer for Peter De Groot’s family say many questions remain unanswered

Teepee raising ceremony invites Invermere Chief to Metis Nation Columbia River Society

Some people might notice a new teepee standing tall outside of the… Continue reading

Four-year-old girl one of two killed in highway crash near Creston

The 26-year-old driver of a Saturn SUV was also killed

Community helps Golden’s Fall Faire success

By Colleen Palumbo Well folks it looks as if everything is falling… Continue reading

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

Most Read