Hart puts his heart into school politics

As a former member of parliament, Jim Hart has many years of political experience to bring to the table as a school trustee.

As a former member of parliament, Jim Hart has many years of political experience to bring to the table as a school trustee.

One of seven candidates to represent Vernon and Areas B and C, Hart served as MP in Okanagan-Coquihalla for two terms, and has previous experience as a trustee, serving from 1988 to 1993 in Okanagan Skaha.

“I believe that our most valuable resource is our children. The very best public education system is required in order to ensure that our children are equipped for the challenges they will face in a global economy,” he said. “The school system needs to meet the needs of students that will go on to university, but also those that chose technical careers through apprentice programs.”

Hart has two grown sons, a daughter in Grade 6 and two school-aged grandchildren. His sons attended school in the South Okanagan, which is what originally attracted Hart to school politics.

“Lots of people have asked why school board and it is somewhat frustrating to me because it is so critically important for schools to be reaching for excellence not mediocrity.”

Hart also feels strongly that families should have assurances that their children are safe at school.

“Too often we hear of bullying, gangs and drugs in schools. We need to continue to develop education programs that address these challenges. I advocate strong punishment for those that use our schools as dispensaries for illicit drugs and working with community agencies to challenge children to make good choices needs to be encouraged.”

With the current teachers’ job action under way, Hart said it’s essential to return bargaining to local boards as he doesn’t believe that provincial bargaining builds positive relations between local unions and doesn’t always meet the needs of Vernon students.

“School boards’ ability to bargain with employee groups erodes good working relationships with these employees and is counter-intuitive when discussing good governance.

“If all decisions are made provincially there will eventually be no need for school boards, which would take the public’s ability to have representation for the tax dollars expended on education.”


Just Posted

Vernon Vipers shut out Penticton Vees in first game of home-and-home

James Porter Jr. stopped all 42 shots, Seiya Tanaka-Campbell scored his first BCHL goal Friday night

Conservation officers on the hunt for North Okanagan moose poachers

Officers execute search warrant Friday morning, investigation continues

Vernon Montessori students re-gift to raise funds

Holiday Gift Shop fundraiser supports Project Christmas Elf, teaches sustainability

Sagmoen’s lawyer argues ‘abuse of power’ in police search

The trial of Curtis Sagmoen continued at the Vernon Law Courts on Friday

Vernon’s All Saints Church sets table for less fortunate

Fifth annual Festive Street Lunch will take place at All Saints’ Church tomorrow

‘Where the miracles live’: Shane Koyczan narrates powerful KGH Foundation video

‘There is more to being alive than just our data plans… there’s our plans’

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

WATCH: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

The fire was reported around 2 a.m. Saturday morning

UPDATE: Highway 1 reopens after vehicle incident near Boston Bar

Initial reports of a jack-knifed semi truck had closed both directions of the highway

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Scheer’s resignation tips party into internal war over school tuition payments

The Conservatives have a Toronto convention already scheduled for April

Most Read