Chilliwack trustees continue to debate their responsibilities

An ongoing dispute amongst Chilliwack trustees regarding how much hiring control they should have doesn't look like it will be ending anytime soon.

While a new policy on leadership appointments and assignments was passed at last Tuesday's meeting, it went through several amendments and oppositions, and had one trustee postponing her suggestions to a later date due to the late hour of the debate.

Trustees Heather Maahs, Silvia Dyck, and Martha Wiens all expressed their desires to be in charge of hiring not only the superintendent and secretary treasurer, but of principals and vice principals as well.

However, trustees Louise Piper and Barry Neufeld said principals and vice principals should be hired under the charge of the superintendent, while trustee Doug McKay went a step further stating the board should only hire the superintendent and that all other appointments, including the secretary treasurer, be hired by the superintendent.

"When it comes to hiring these people, I don't bring any expertise to the table," said McKay. "I am a lay person, an amateur, and I don't believe that amateurs should be involved.

"I believe we need to hire the superintendent of schools, and then provide that individual with the freedom and authority to hire his or her team."

However, Maahs said their credentials come from the community, which has entrusted them to look after the district's well-being.

And Dyck said the board is abdicating too much of its responsibility onto the superintendent.

"I would suggest to you that we are delegating too much onto one person," said Dyck. "This is a team that doesn't want to be a team. We are abdicating too much responsibility."

McKay, however, fired back calling those statements "backwards thinking."

"We need to give our superintendent the confidence ... to be able to build a team that fits their style," he said.

The policy that was finally passed has the board in charge of hiring the superintendent.

The board will also select and appoint the secretary treasurer, upon the recommendation of the superintendent. As well, the board will appoint assistant superintendents, directors of instruction, and principals and vice principals, upon the recommendation of the superintendent.

Still, Wiens did not appear satisfied but because of the late hour said she would postpone her comments to a later date.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Chilliwack keeps its competitive edge
Dog with four-pound tumour gets life-changing surgery in Chilliwack
Trio of fine Canadian musicians on a Sunday
Back Country Horsemen of B.C.
Empty coal trains to continue travelling on lightly-used SRY line in North Langley until Nov. 30
Ride-sharing company spooks taxi firms
Election 21014: Harrison candidates split on parking problem, again
Most colonoscopies on time in Fraser region despite demand surge
Richmond records jump in advance voting

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 31 edition online now. Browse the archives.