This speaks volumes to who is really in charge at ECSD – not the trustees and electors but the administration. There are 7 trustees who are easily outnumbered by administrators and staff.Trustee Acheson brought forward a motion this term to have the administration face the trustees but the administration came back with a report stating it would cost thousands of dollars to make the changes. If you have the time and patience to watch even a few months of ECSD Board meetings, you will notice that there is always a majority of trustees who not only agree with the administration’s every recommendation but who praise the administration at every opportunity. If the administrators see a trustee challenging them, they will use their personal connections and influence to make it very difficult for that trustee to visit schools and to meet the parents who could vote for them or if the trustee manages to get invited, neglect to introduce trustees at events.
I too was recruited through ARTES in their mission to put electors back in the driver’s seat in both the public and Catholic systems.
Interference and Bullying from the Administration ARTES searched for and found people who understood that their role as democratically elected trustees was to be governors of school districts, not the handmaid of their administrations.
The administration will run candidates who have long standing friendships with them making it more likely that elected trustees will go along with their recommendations.
You should know for example, that Terry Harris who is running in Ward 71 and is not a resident of the ward, is a long time friend of the ECSD administration and so when he comes to your door, electors should be asking hard questions about who he will represent if he becomes a trustee – the wishes of you and your child or the wishes of the superintendent and administration?
Looking back at my 4 years at ECSD, my experience has been that the Board was not clear on its mandate and deferred to the Superintendent to write and develop their strategic plan and Board policies.
Superintendents and administrators don’t write policy, Boards do.
In the 2013 election Board Secretary Andrea Klotz ran against him.
He won the election but he had to spend the next 4 years working side by side with Ms.
When my husband and I moved to Edmonton with our two children (number three came along a few years later) I coordinated the children’s liturgy at our parish and let my name stand for President of the Woodcroft Community League.
One of the most challenging issues I had to deal with as President of the Community League was the potential closure of the community’s local EPSB elementary school.
They also removed the administration from their bench in the public chambers.