He’s been a trustee for 12 years, but for Steve Connor, his passion for public education has not wavered.
As one of seven candidates running for a spot to represent Vernon and Electoral Areas B and C, the incumbent is looking to secure another three-year term on the Vernon School District board.
“While 12 years isn’t a record, it is longer than I ever expected to serve on the board,” said Connor. “I have decided to run again because I believe in public education and the benefits it has for all students.
“I also believe that I can represent the values of most of the community when it comes to caring for their kids and their tax dollars.”
Declining enrolment and its attendant loss of crucial funding, means trustees face a constant challenge as they make tough decisions.
“The challenge is to deliver quality education within the confines of provincial funding and regulation and I think we have been successful. The administration and staff have a great relationship with the board and they know how to do what is needed to carry out our directions.”
At the moment, the teachers’ job action is the critical issue for trustees, and Connor hopes a resolution will be reached that will be satisfactory for all parties.
“Although it has caused some difficulties, the teachers continue to provide a first-rate education to our kids.”
Connor said he is looking forward to the next three years as the board looks at high school reconfiguration, as well as anticipating the opening of the new Vernon Secondary School, which has been many years from planning to finishing.