SD#62 school trustee candidate Bob Phillips speaks to issues

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

Bob Phillips

Bob Phillips

Bob Phillips

The funding for two new high schools in the Belmont Zone will  happen. That zone will move to Grade 6/7/8 middle schools freeing elementary spaces for increased enrolment estimated at 200 pupils per year. We must begin planning  now  with a full “partnership consultation process”: parents, student, staff and communities. We need to figure out course offerings  including Journey and  EMCS . We need innovative programs to keep senior students in school and preparing for work or higher education. We must continue to discuss and  build the Westshore Center for Learning model with a larger presence here for  Sooke area teens and young adults. Costs for post-secondary education continue to increase and Sooke families have lower average family incomes, we must offer more Camosun courses at EMCS.

Prioritizing the Classroom Experience. On going research concerning individualized assessment/learning  and new findings about  social and emotional learning  must be built into all educational programs, staff training and expenditures for new technologies. We need partnership discussions to improve “transitions” from school to school, or to work or higher education. We probably will never have enough funding. SD#62 can  refocus our priorities on  our parents, students, employees and communities. They can inform us about the quality, accessible and responsive public education they expect and deserve. “It takes a community to educate a child.“ We can make  that a reality  in our classrooms and our communities.

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