October 12 Press Release

Posted: October 14, 2010 in Media
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October 12, 2010

*For immediate release*

Public School Board Candidate for Zone 6 outlines Trustee communication strategy

John Marshall, Zone 6 candidate (Alta Vista Rideau-Rockcliffe) announced today his plans for improving communications between the School Board, the Trustee and their communities.

“If we are to preserve local control over local education, we have to build better connections between the Board and their constituents. Just the other day, someone said to me: ‘Really? We vote for our School Board Trustees?’”
“This disconnect has to be addressed”.

Mr. Marshall is proposing a four-pronged approach to improving communications

  • Community response service standards will be set and implemented. If a family or another member of the community has a question or concern, it will be acknowledged within 24 hours
  • Engaging constituents through the Trustee website and social media like Facebook and Twitter. Not all communication problems can be solved digitally – but it does help, especially with younger members of our communities.
  • Marshall will form a Zone-wide Trustee Advisory Group that will meet regularly and will help guide him in over the next 4 years.
  • A motion will be introduced asking staff to look into the feasibility of live-streaming Board meetings as well as other ways to make proceedings more visible and transparent.

“These measures will improve communications between the school communities in Alta Vista and Rideau-Rockcliffe and the OCDSB. And this will make me a more effective Trustee.”

Mr. Marshall notes that through better communication and responsiveness, Ottawa families will learn more and become more engaged in Board activities.  And with the communities better engaged, Trustees will be able to count on support the next time Queen’s Park cuts funding or tries to take education decisions away from local elected representatives.

“We need to raise the bar on engagement with Ottawa families if we are to preserve local control of local education.”



    • John says:

      Councillor Ringma. Nice ring 2 dat!
      Watch my site and press releases over the next week!
      I’m having fun with this whole campaign thing! Love seeing peeps in the community!

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