Polillo says capacity major issue facing school district

We asked all the School District 57 Board of Education candidates to fill out a questionnaire so you may get to know them a little better. We will be running their answers between now and election day.

Ron Polillo

Why are you running for trustee for School District 57?
Ron Polillo
Ron Polillo

I’m passionate about education and I believe every student deserves a good education!

What do you think is the single most important issue facing School District 57?

Capacity! Many of our schools are at are over capacity and it’s causing significant issues in our district.

What do you see as the main role of the School District 57 board of trustees?

Be an advocate for our students, teachers and support staff. We listen and engage our community to guide the work of School District 57. We set plans, policies and the annual budget.

Do you support the current sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) curriculum in schools? Why or why not?

Yes. All students deserve to learn in a safe and inclusive environment.

How will you ensure that rural schools are adequately funded, and represented?

By listening and engaging with the staff, parents and students of rural schools. The new board make up with one member from Mackenzie and Robson Valley will help to have their issues be heard.

If you have one pet project you would like to accomplish as a school trustee, what would that be?

Take a good hard look at catchments. This will be difficult work but needs to be done to tackle some of our capacity issues.

What do you bring to the board table that no other candidate does?

A real strong connection to our community. In the last 25 years, I have developed strong and lasting relationships with many community groups and the great people in this city!

Recruitment and retention of teachers and support staff is an ongoing issue. What are your thoughts on ways to keep the district properly staffed?

We have to be creative and innovative with our recruitment and retention efforts. Treat teachers and support staff with the respect and fairness.

How will you try to ensure public education funding for School District 57 increases?

Be a passionate and compelling advocate for students, staff and administration. Lobby our government to properly fund the public education system in our province!