Manitoba’s education system will be up for review in 2019 and school trustees are preparing to get involved in the process.
The provincial government plans to carry out a review this year and school trustees plan to be heavily involved in making sure they have a say in how the system works and what if anything is needed to improve how education is delivered in Manitoba.
Janice McDonald is Chair of the Southwest Horizon School Division board. She isn’t sure what to expect but says it’s important to have all stake holders at the table and participating.
“We know something is coming but we are unsure what it is. We aren’t really focusing on what might happen and our concern is we want to keep a local voice for local choice and that’s the theme we’ve adopted for this process.”
The previous board of the Southwest Horizon S-D met with teachers and staff in all schools this past fall. “We feel we really need our local school boards so we are doing all we can such as letter writing campaigns and we plan to get out to all stake holders such as municipalities to talk about the importance of maintaining local governance and keeping the local tax dollars local.”
McDonald says there has been some talk of amalgamating school boards but she says her board plans to focus on maintaining what is in place right now. “We feel schools boards run efficiently and locally we have a group of trustees who care about education” said McDonald.
Trustees with the Southwest Horizon have organized a closed door meeting with two MLA’s to talk about the review. That meeting will be held in late January.