A small business owner and parent with four children in the system, Michael Prill announced Wednesday his candidacy for the Chilliwack school board.
Prill says his priorities are advocating for increases to deal with overcrowding, finding transportation solutions, and improving communication between parents and trustees.
“I would like to express my gratitude for the work done by the previous Board of Trustees,” Prill said in a statement. “Now I believe strongly that balanced, relevant and focused voices are needed in Chilliwack to restore the board to a healthy, functional and effective capacity, with concentration on moving forward with the current and future needs of the students of Chilliwack.”
Prill said he believes there is a “discord” between the school board and the citizens.
“I believe there is room at the table for all parties in direct link with appointed trustees,” he said. “Each group has significant value to add in School District 33, and I will work at implementing and improving processes to ensure improved and welcomed communication and collaboration with student representatives, our District PAC and unions.”
Prill said as a father of four, the oldest of whom is in the final year of high school with the youngest entering middle school, he has first-hand experience with busing issues in the district.
“I am committed to seeking acceptable solutions that involve consistent processes for courtesy riders, safe student-to-bus ratios, direct bus routes and collaboration with community partners to reduce the costs to families for student public transit ridership.”
The owner of a lawn care company, Prill has been a resident of Chilliwack for 12 years. He holds a degree in criminal justice and he said he spent 14 years working in the criminal justice system.
He said for the past three years, he’s been working with children and youth with developmental disabilities through the Chilliwack Society for Community Living and the Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children & Family Services Society.
He’s been a coach and an umpire in youth sports, and believes physical education is important during formative years.
Prill is the 11th person to announce a run for school board. Four incumbents, Barry Neufeld, Dan Coulter, Heather Maahs and Silvia Dyck, announced all announced their bids for re-election, while incumbents Paul McManus, Walt Krahn and Bob Patterson all announced they will not run again.
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