Let district staff do their jobs

I fully support Sheryl McMath’s, UFV professor, position that trustees micromanage the school district.

When Heather Maahs expresses alarm about the attrition of school district personnel, she needs to look no further than the faces in the mirror of the Chilliwack School District Trustees.

Having been a secondary school principal and vice-principal for 22 years and having personally known dozens of superintendents, assistant superintendents both as colleagues and friends in many districts, I have witnessed the frustration of many of them as they try to deal with school trustees over the years.

Superintendents waste the majority of their time and energy with the board of school trustees. They spend the majority of their time educating, convincing, cajoling and flattering trustees who know little about education and are more interested in their own political agendas, or their political aspirations.  The role of school trustees has become superfluous over the years. Their only usefulness is to buffer the Ministry of Education and politicians from complaints and special interest groups.  There was a day when Chilliwack had trustees who were dedicated to education and put students first: Norman Crabtree, Don Patten, Betty Meager and Dick Bates to name a few.

Let the superintendents do their job without the micromanagement of trustees and you’ll have better school districts, more efficient school district offices and longer serving staff members who do not flee or retire at the first opportunity.  They can spend their time as was intended as educational leaders rather than as mollifiers of trustees.

 

Tony de Wit

Just Posted

Faulty wiring blamed for Chilliwack barn fire Sunday morning

One civilian injured attempting to extinguish blaze on Ballam Road

GW Graham seniors bow out of football playoffs as juniors move on

The senior Grizzlies fell to the John Barsby Bulldogs in a AA playoff game last Saturday.

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema leads Canada to FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-finals

Canada has gone 2-0 in the tournament with wins over Colombia and the Korean Republic.

Chilliwack Chiefs rally from three down to beat Powell River Kings

The Chiefs followed the come-from-behind win with a loss Sunday afternoon versus Alberni Valley.

11 years sought for Burnaby man who killed girlfriend with hammer, burned her body

Manslaughter sentencing hearing starts Monday in BC Supreme Court in Chilliwack for Ryan Armstrong

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Laine scores 3 as Jets double Canucks 6-3

Injury-riddled Vancouver side drops sixth in a row

Deportation averted for Putin critic who feared return to Russia

Elena Musikhina, a vocal critic of the Kremlin, has been granted a two-year visitor’s permit in Canada

B.C. to allow Uber-style ride hailing services to operate in late 2019

Fee will be applied to fund options for disabled people

Auditor general takes aim at Liberals’ fighter-jet plan

Suditor general Michael Ferguson is about to release a new report on Canada’s attempts to buy new fighter jets

B.C. couple converts ambulance into a traveling home

The Revelstoke couple plan on touring B.C. ski hills then driving to Mexico

Cyclist defecates, throws own poop at car following B.C. crash

Man defecates in the street before throwing it at a driver locked in her vehicle

Second person dies following head-on collision in Surrey

Paige Nagata of Abbotsford was in crash on Nov. 4 that also killed maternity nurse

Jamie Koe, other curlers kicked out of bonspiel for being too drunk

‘You don’t kick around other players’ bags, it’s disrespectful and we expect better of our players’

Most Read