Posts Tagged ‘zone 6’

Here we are folks. The day before the election.  Tomorrow, we will vote for our Trustees, Mayor and Councillors.

I have received so much encouragement from so many people…. got a call the other night that gave me the impetus to stay the course for a few hours more.

Here are the brass tacks: I will do as I say. I will listen. And I will respond.

The past few months have been really enjoyable. So many great folks in this community. So many great ideas.

I ask for the honour of your vote on Monday and I will put these great ideas into motion.


And yes, I know I look goofy below… it gets better.


I’m starting to get some good feedback about my campaign.

People seem to actually like the idea that I’m running in Zone 6. Go figger.

I guess they want to have a Trustee who will get back to them if they have an issue with their school or the Board. Or maybe it’s because they know that a new face means new ideas on how to tackle the Board’s problems. Or maybe they like my goatee.

I don’t know. But I and my team have yet to hear anything negative. Even the guy with the incumbent’s lawn sign out front took a card and said he’d read it!

Some quotes at the door, on Twitter or by email:

Just was delivered your card this afternoon.

Count on my vote.  I appreciate your desire to bring collaboration and responsiveness to our public school system.

I think it’s great that you’re doing this – don’t know how you find the time but I am glad to see a good person in the running!!

WOW! What a great change it would be to have someone who returns emails!

All the best on the campaign John!

The current Trustee seems to have lost her interest. So it’s great that you’re doing this!

Shucks (blush). Thanks all.

There has been much talk in the local media about how approximately 100 candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for this fall’s City Council and Mayoral elections. As a student of local government, I find this exhilarating! In Ontario, the political decisions that most affect individuals and households within a community are made by Municipal Councils. Waste management, snow clearing, emergency services, community centres, and many other services that are taken for granted have their direction plotted by our local governments.

Important decisions are also taken by our School Boards. While, in Ontario, many of their powers have been assumed by Queen’s Park, school boards still make decisions of consequence for their communities. Schools Boards can, and have, opened and closed schools, started and ended programmes, determined transportation policies and, decide on the strategic direction of the Board’s schools. These are all vital functions in our communities and need top-notch people at the helm.

And that is why I’m a little disappointed to see that while the City elections are being hotly contested, it appears that 5 of the 12 zones in the OCDSB are currently uncontested.

School Boards have nowhere near the profile enjoyed (or hated by… depending on your viewpoint) by City Council and Mayoral candidates, so those people who may choose to give back to their communities by running for public office may choose the municipal race instead of the School Board contests.

This is unfortunate, in my view.  The OCDSB has many important decisions to make over the next 4 years – the length of the Trustees’ terms. And the more hotly contested the contests, the greater the possibility that the best possible individuals will assume seats on the Board this December. And the best people available will be making the decisions vital to Zone 6 and the City as a whole.

For example, what about the future of Rideau HS?

According to the discussion paper that was released a few months back, “21st Century Learner: Schools for the Future”, bigger schools are the way of the future and that leaves smaller schools, like Rideau, in an unenviable position. I support smaller, community-base schools. But this must be balanced with budgetary realities… yet, the closing of any school must be only as a last resort. Communities must be consulted, ideas amassed and options seriously considered before a closure option is pout on the table.

Rideau HS is just one of the Zone 6 and Board-wide issues that I want to talk about in the coming months. Read the discussion document I cited above and tell me what you think. Does it jive with your way of thinking or not. What options exists for smaller schools like Rideau?