SD# 62 school trustee Allison Watson speaks to the issues

All six of the school trustee candidates running in Milne's Landing spoke to the Sooke News Mirror.

Allison Watson

Allison Watson

The most common response and for sure the most pressing issues are centered on the need for building upgrades and classroom accommodation for the rapidly growing population in the Sooke School District. The overriding issue at this point is to elect a group of trustees who represent the voice of our community so these issues are dealt with effectively. It is critical to have someone who not only listens but is also an informed listener; when it comes time to making decisions, the community will trust they are good decisions. Given my active presence in the community, as a life-long resident, I am accessible to the community and I will make informed decisions.

From conversations in the community I have heard the need for increased emergency preparedness, debate over a school in Sunriver, and a need for increasing advanced technology. All are pressing issues and we want to keep an open ear to other issues that arise, and collaborate as a community that is focused primarily on the health of our students. The various communities within a community, all have a stake in our education system. Given my role as a student, researcher, and job developer in this district, I have an open ear to all issues and concerns. People can have faith in my decision making because I have been active in this community in these multiple capacities.