Incumbent trustee ready for another term

As a Vernon School District trustee, Paula Harned’s motto has been “dedicated to children, families and community.”

As a Vernon School District trustee, Paula Harned’s motto has been “dedicated to children, families and community.”

One of three candidates running for two spots to represent Lumby and Areas D and E on the school board, the incumbent is wrapping up her first, three-year term as a trustee, and looks forward to continuing the work she has begun.

“There are projects I have been a part of initiating that I would like to see come to completion, such as an agreement between White Valley Parks, Recreation and Culture and the school district allowing for the shared use of our facilities, and working with groups of people who are interested in bringing programs to our communities which will help to bolster our student enrolment.”

Harned takes pride in the work the board has done during her time as a trustee, such as moving $600,000 in spending on transportation back into education.

“Having children in district schools allows me an awareness of how things are moving on a day-to-day basis and ensuring the policies and directions of the board allow for the best learning environment possible.”

In the past eight years, in addition to her three years as trustee, Harned has served on school PAC’s, the District PAC and provincial committees.

Harned, 43, is self-employed. She and her husband have four children, ages 11, nine, five and three.

While it’s a challenging time for trustees, Harned said she has no trouble staying motivated.

“Look into the eyes of a child both on a good day and a bad day at school. Both will motivate you to work harder and make sure we are giving every child the resources they need to achieve their full potential and become lifelong learners.”

Harned said she looks forward to continuing to work on helping parents understand the processes of education in British Columbia, the policies and how to advocate effectively for their children.

“Teachers and staff must continue to build an atmosphere where parents are comfortable.

“The school district’s role is to support and encourage the tripod of student, parent and teacher relationships. If one group is not engaged, the tripod will collapse.”