Lifetime Chilliwack resident, parent, and school volunteer, Jared Mumford is running for school board and issued a statement about his campaign this week.
Mumford is serving his second term as executive member-at-large of School District 33’s District Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) and is on his second term as chair of Cheam elementary’s PAC.
He was born and raised in Chilliwack, attended public school in Sardis in the 1980s and 1990s and has two sons in public school.
“It’s time to take what I’ve learned from students, parents, teachers and administrative staff from this, and nearby districts, and put that knowledge to work for our students in a more direct and impactful way.”
Mumford has a particular interest in the over-capacity status of many schools in the district, an interest that stems from his first-hand knowledge at Cheam which sits at approximately 230 per cent of the capacity with seven portables.
“We saw massive over-crowding in Surrey years ago. While attending advocacy workshops there, we learned that not only were there too many portables, but many portables were in disrepair and most lacked running water. We also learned that maintaining and moving portables were coming from the District’s operating budget, costing millions each year and forcing cuts in other areas like support staff, supplies and busing.”
He pointed out that there are more than 90 portables in the district.
Mumford is one of seven candidates on the ballot who received an endorsement from the Chilliwack Teachers’ Association (CTA), the union representing teachers in the district.
“The endorsement by the CTA is of particular importance to me,” he said. “I’ve advocated publicly for parents and students for a long time, but any work I’ve done with the CTA is largely in the background. I strongly believe that parents and teachers are the two biggest stakeholders in our children’s education, and that any member of the Board of Education should have a positive, working and most importantly, respectful relationship with both. Anything less is a disservice to our constituents.”
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