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WARD 3 (1 to be elected)

A.J. Falk

1. Are you an incumbent trustee? Have you served or run at other political levels? Are you running for a political party, and if so, which one?

Are you an incumbent trustee? No.

Have you served or run at other political levels? No.

Are you running for a political party, and if so, which one? No / None.

2. Do you have children enrolled in or graduated from this division? Are/were any of your children home-schooled, or enrolled in an independent school?

I have 2 children. My oldest is attending school in the division. My youngest is not school age yet.

Are/were any of your children home-schooled, or enrolled in an independent school? No.

3. List five issues which you believe your division’s school board will have to deal with in the next year, and state your position on these issues.

  1. Teacher’s salaries / CBA – I would like to see the Province bargain collectively with all the Teacher’s unions. We are one of the last provinces to have this. It keeps unions from competing with each other, and stabilizes costs.
  2. School closure talk – Nothing looks worse in a community than an empty school. The 2 schools up for closure in our division are both healthy and successful. A school closure is a LAST resort, and we are not even close to needing to consider this.
  3. Property Taxes – I would like to see the province cover 100% of education costs. People should not be charged school taxes on their properties.
  4. Standardized Provincial Report Cards – 1 report card for Early years, 1 for Middle years, and 1 for Senior years used province wide.
  5. Standardized testing – Answered below in question #10.

4. List your top five capital priorities for your division and which you would favour your board submitting to the province for funding, in descending order of priority.

  1. Roof repairs. Last years melt freeze cycle ruined many classrooms division wide.
  2. Accesibility for wheelchairs in all schools.
  3. Windows installed in windowless classrooms.
  4. Recreational upgrades including gyms and equipment.
  5. Playgrounds.

5. What percentage increase in annual salary would be appropriate for teachers in your division? Would you reduce, maintain or increase the number of teachers in your division?

I think a 2% increase yearly would be reasonable, but I would also like to see better incentives for long-serving teachers to retire. I would like to see a slight increase in the number of teachers to keep some of the larger class sizes down.

6. Should the province lift its moratorium on school closings? Is or are there a school or schools in the division which should be reviewed for closure because of low enrolment? Which one(s)?

I am not familiar with all 13 schools in the province that were ear-marked for closure. Some may need to be closed if all options have been exhausted, but in our division the mould simply does not fit. All RETSD schools should remain open.

7. Would you accept the province’s tax incentive grant and agree to freeze property taxes, even if it meant cutting jobs, services or programs?

No. I think the cost would be too great to the community if we lost more staff, services, or programs.

8. Would you increase property taxes? If so, what percentage increase is acceptable and for what specific reason(s)?

If the budget requires it. Much will depend on the negotiations with the Teacher’s Union (post-election) who are currently without a contract. This is partially how taxes were misleadingly ‘frozen’ for 2010-11. Any increase over 3% on the school tax portion of a person’s property tax bill is too high. Any increase would be related to inflation and salaries.

9. Do you believe in the so-called no-fail, social promotion policy? Should "failed" students repeat a school year? Should students be docked marks for late assignments?

I support the idea but it isn’t without its faults. Poor choices have no consequences, but for many students there are factors beyond their control. It would be unfair to punish them for it. Students should not be "failed." Late assignments should be noted on report cards but not docked marks. Lateness and work quality are seperate issues.

10. Do you believe in standardized tests? For what subjects and grades? What proportion of the final mark should they should be worth?

Standardized tests for all courses common to all students in Manitoba should be done. Tests/exams should never be worth more than 30% of a final mark.

 

Bob Fraser

1. Are you an incumbent trustee? Have you served or run at other political levels? Are you running for a political party, and if so, which one?

I am an incumbent trustee.

I ran unsuccessfully for the Provincial Legislature in 1983 as an independent candidate.

I am not running for a political party.

2. Do you have children enrolled in or graduated from this division? Are/were any of your children home-schooled, or enrolled in an independent school?

My wife and I have 3 sons who graduated from this division and have never been home-schooled or enrolled in an independent school.

3. List five issues which you believe your division’s school board will have to deal with in the next year, and state your position on these issues.

  1. Safe schools – I will do everything I can to make our schools a safe environment for all of our students.
  2. Provincial funding, Capital Projects, and The Special Needs Students – These are all areas that we need to work with the Province to ensure that our school division receives the resources needed for our students.
  3. Labour Relations – All of our collective agreements expire this year and we have to work very hard to find common ground that is fair to our employees and our local taxpayers.

4. List your top five capital priorities for your division and which you would favour your board submitting to the province for funding, in descending order of priority.

  1. Kildonan-East Collegiate requires extensive renovations and additions to the vocational areas to better serve our students.
  2. Sherwood School – add or renovate an area to accommodate a day care space to help make this a viable school for years to come.
  3. Miles Macdonell & River East Collegiates require additions or renovations to accommodate the movement of grade 9 students to the High School setting.
  4. Bernie Wolfe Community School – Expansion of Industrial Arts area are required.
  5. Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton – Requires additional classrooms and renovations due to the growth in the north area of our school division.

5. What percentage increase in annual salary would be appropriate for teachers in your division? Would you reduce, maintain or increase the number of teachers in your division?

We are in negotiations at the present time with the teachers association and it would be inappropriate to comment on this question at this time.

6. Should the province lift its moratorium on school closings? Is or are there a school or schools in the division which should be reviewed for closure because of low enrolment? Which one(s)?

I do not believe that the Province will lift the moratorium on school closings in the near future and therefore we must find ways to make our smaller enrollment schools viable as the local school is usually the centre of the adjacent community.

7. Would you accept the province’s tax incentive grant and agree to freeze property taxes, even if it meant cutting jobs, services or programs?

This and the next question depends on the needs of our school division at the time of Budget deliberations and what the government is offering to the division.

8. Would you increase property taxes? If so, what percentage increase is acceptable and for what specific reason(s)?

See above.

9. Do you believe in the so-called no-fail, social promotion policy? Should "failed" students repeat a school year? Should students be docked marks for late assignments?

We do not have a no fail policy in our school division and I support that direction.

10. Do you believe in standardized tests? For what subjects and grades? What proportion of the final mark should they should be worth?

I believe that some type of standard testing is required to ensure that our students needs are being met in our division.

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