School Board: Ochoa, Leah

School District 78: Ochoa, Leah - Trustee Candidate

  • Oct. 30, 2014 11:00 a.m.

1) Why do you want to become a school trustee and what experience or other qualities would you bring to the table?

Sometimes I wonder if people really are afraid to speak out or if they quietly agree with what is going on. It seems that politicians who stay silent can then later say which side they stood on. Well, how I am going to know if they are honest or playing a scared card? I think we need more standing up for what you believe in and less trying to guess at what is going to be popular with the “powers that be” in this province. I am tired of the silence and the smoke and mirrors. I am craving honesty and my fear is it won’t come. I am ok with people having a different opinion then myself. It brings for great discussions.

As for experience, I am new to the political arena. However, I feel that this is an advantage which allows me to bring a fresh perspective.

2) What are your top three priorities if you were to become a trustee?

First, I would want to make sure that the students have a safe physical environment in order to learn and grow

Second, make sure that there is adequate funding for all students.

Third, improve the communication and partnership between teachers, the school board, and the community. I believe that one of the most effective ways we can support the students is to support the teachers and staff because they are the ones who work with our children every day.

3) What education issues do you see as problematic now, and what could be done to address them?

I feel that one of the largest problems in Education is the lack of funding. The BC government has said they cannot give any more money to Education without taking it from somewhere else. What I would like to do is find the “somewhere else” and work on redistributing without hindering another sector.

 

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