The deadline for submissions to the November WTA Newsletter is
November 6th, 2014.
School Trustee Elections
By: Nathan Martindale, WTA President
On Wednesday, October 22nd a civic election will take place in Winnipeg. While the local media has devoted extensive coverage to the mayoral campaign and to a lesser extent the council races, very little coverage has been devoted to the school trustee election.
Unless the candidate makes controversial statements or has a presence on social media, you may only be aware of the individuals who are running for a position on the Board of Trustees in the school division you live in if you’ve received campaign literature in your mailbox or if you’ve noticed election signs. One of the things I’ve learned from volunteering in many different election campaigns is that signs don’t vote; just because a particular candidate has a lot of signs doesn’t mean they’re going to win.
While electing a new mayor and city council will have major implications as to the direction our city takes in the near future, school trustee elections actually have a more direct impact on our day to day work in schools. School trustees make important decisions related to the overall operation of a school division and play a major role in the development and changes to division policies, procedures, programming, services, curriculum as well as the annual budget.
One of the most significant influences the Board of Trustees can have on you as a member of the WTA is their input into the collective bargaining process.
Even if you don’t reside within the boundaries of the Winnipeg School Division, it’s still important to make an informed decision regarding school trustees on October 22nd. The School Board determines the local mill rate (school taxes) you pay, and, if you are a parent, the Board you elect will determine the programming and services that your child(ren) access.
Visit the website Manitoba Votes to find out what school division you reside in and for a list of candidates running for school trustee along with contact information.
The election is fast approaching but it’s not too late to contact the candidates, ask questions and make an educated choice. With three thousand potential voters, the WTA holds a significant amount of voting power.