Chilliwack teachers call on education minister to investigate school board

Action follows vote of non-confidence and disparaging remarks aimed at Chilliwack teachers

The Chilliwack Teachers’ Association (CTA) is calling on the minister of education to review the Chilliwack Board of Education.

They made the announcement on Wednesday morning (May 13), following yet another tense board meeting that included disparaging comments directed at local teachers.

“The CTA is … calling on Minister Rob Fleming to appoint a Special Investigator to review the conduct of the Board, and has reached out to local and provincial education partners requesting support in this matter,” said Ed Klettke, president of the CTA.

READ MORE: Trio of Chilliwack school trustees reject arbitrator’s decision for second time

This follows a statement last week that the CTA passed a non-confidence vote against the board. Three trustees had been rejecting binding arbitration on the district’s upcoming school calendar over the length of the spring break. While arguing their rationale for rejecting the arbitration, trustees Barry Neufeld, Heather Maahs and Darrell Furgason slammed both the union and the process for the discussions that led to the arbitrator being called in.

The statement from the CTA does not specify which issues of conduct they would like investigated, however, they have also created a hashtag meant to counter negative news stories coming out of the school board discussions. They also note that Trustee Barry Neufeld has expressed “negativity and prejudice” recently.

In response, they have created a hashtag for positive stories to be shared on social media, #ThisIsMyChilliwack.

READ MORE: Chilliwack school trustee issues public apology for Facebook post criticizing Dr. Theresa Tam


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

Chilliwack School District

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chilliwack loses the Keith Wilson Waver as Ron Hupper passes away

Hupper brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of people who traveled along Keith Wilson Road

Classic cars make a stop in Chilliwack during Brogan’s Ride Against Cancer

With the weather cooperating, more classics than expected hit the road for the fundraiser

Provincial COVID-19 data can now be used for B.C. to prepare for a second wave

In the past week, B.C. has seen a slight spike in daily test-positive case counts

PHOTOS: Cat owners in Chilliwack celebrate National Kitten Day

Chilliwack Progress readers share photos of their favourite felines on National Kitten Day

Child falls down Bridal Veil Falls near Chilliwack, crews on scene

An 11-year-old boy fell over the falls about 25 to 30 feet and has suffered a head injury

Islanders want BC Ferries to follow order that lets residents board before tourists

For ferry-dependent communities, ferries are often the sole practical lifeline to work, school or medical appointments.

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

Woman sexually assaulted, robbed near Surrey SkyTrain station: RCMP

Police say the incident happened July 10, just after 11 p.m. near King George SkyTrain station

B.C. Ferries increasing passenger capacity after COVID-19 restrictions

Transport Canada 50-per-cent limit being phased out, no current plans to provide masks

Once-in-a-lifetime comet photographed soaring over Abbotsford

Photographer Randy Small captures Comet NEOWISE in early-morning sky

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

Most Read