School rep sought at table

Greater Vernon Advisory Committee will ask the Vernon School District to send a representative to regular meetings

A key partner is missing at the table.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee will ask the Vernon School District to send a representative to regular meetings.

“The school district does bring some expertise to the issues of arts, youth and culture,” said director Mike Macnabb.

School district representatives have previously attended meetings, and while they did not have a vote, they could take part in the discussion, particularly when school district properties were involved.

However, a school trustee has not been at GVAC for some time, and Macnabb wants that to change.

“What’s missing is a youth aspect,” said Macnabb, adding that view is particularly needed as GVAC develops a cultural plan.

Macnabb’s call for school district representation gained support from most of his colleagues.

“When we’re talking about the science centre or other organizations, they depend on students,” said director Bob Fleming.

“Without schools, attendance at some functions would plummet.”

However, not everyone is enthusiastic about the school board being involved in discussions.

“There’s a difference between being interested and contributing financially and the school district would be hard-pressed to contribute financially,” said director Gyula Kiss.