Chilliwack school board vice-chair Walt Krahn announced on Sept. 4 he would not run for a third term in the October election. (Submitted)

Third incumbent won’t seek re-election to Chilliwack school board

Vice-chair Walt Krahn joins board chair Paul McManus and trustee Bob Patterson in leaving politics

The new school board to be elected on Oct. 20 will look very different from today as a third incumbent announced he will not seek re-election.

Two-time trustee Walt Krahn announced Tuesday he will not run for a third term on the board.

Krahn was the vice-chair of the board and is the former principal of Promontory Heights elementary and Little Mountain elementary schools and is a long-time Chilliwack resident.

He joins board chair Paul McManus and trustee Bob Patterson who also announced over the long weekend that they would not seek re-election.

• READ MORE: Chilliwack school board chair Paul McManus won’t seek re-election

• READ MORE: Trustee Bob Patterson won’t seek re-election to Chilliwack school board

“My sole purpose in serving as a trustee was to ‘give back’ to our community of learners, staff and parents,” Krahn said in a statement.

“Our students, teachers, staff and community are absolutely important to me, and my priority has always been to provide young people with every opportunity to achieve success and to build upon success.”

(See below for Krahn’s full statement.)

As with McManus and Patterson, Krahn pointed to how the district was “tested and challenged” over the past year regarding the debate over the SOGI 123 anti-bullying teaching resource designed to help LGBT students.

“In addition to students achieving to their optimum, we must also focus on believing in our students and caring about all students,” he said. “I believe that all students should feel welcomed, safe, accepted and valued in our district. I trust that consultation and collaboration, combined with tolerance, respect and kindness will prevail.”

Moving forward, Krahn said he was optimistic about our the district, which is “financially healthy.”

“Our teachers, support staff and our senior administration team are passionate and genuinely committed to excellence.

“Our District is growing and I encourage the new Board to continue to work collaboratively with the Provincial Government around school building funding challenges.”

Walt Krahn’s full statement on not running for re-election to the Chilliwack school board

Chilliwack School Board Vice-Chair Walt Krahn will not seek a third term as a Trustee. The former principal of Promontory Heights and Little Mountain schools is a long time Chilliwack resident.

“My sole purpose in serving as a Trustee was to “give back” to our Community of Learners, Staff and Parents. It has been my privilege to serve students in Langley, as a Principal as well as in Chilliwack.

Our students, teachers, staff and community are absolutely important to me, and my priority has always been to provide young people with every opportunity to achieve success and to build upon success,” he said.

Krahn added, ”Our School District’s Motto: Partners in Learning; has been tested and challenged this past year as we have experienced two very opposing views on SOGI and SOGI 123 with equal passion on both views. In addition to Students Achieving to their optimum, we must also focus on Believing in our Students and Caring about ALL Students. I believe that all students should feel welcomed, safe, accepted and valued in our District. I trust that consultation and collaboration, combined with tolerance, respect and kindness will prevail. Remember: WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!”

“Moving forward, I am very optimistic about our School District. Our District is financially healthy, our Teachers, Support Staff and our Senior Admin Team are passionate and genuinely committed to excellence. Through our Strategic Plan, we have a common vision, we are innovative, and we are inspired to make a positive difference for each student!”

“Our District is growing and I encourage the new Board to continue to work collaboratively with the Provincial Government around school building funding challenges.”

“I have enjoyed my two terms immensely,” he said. “I believe we started with a good district, and with collaboration, we have moved to a great district over the past seven years, by connecting with all stakeholders. Now…it is time to focus on my Family, including my 10 Grandchildren!”

“I encourage parents to vote on October 20 for a candidate(s) who has a strong skill-set in Governance, in Budget Formulation and Allocation, as well as in Increasing Student Achievement in order to meet the many and varied responsibilities of an effective Board.”

“Thank you, Chilliwack. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve you! “

Respectfully,

Walt Krahn


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