The Vancouver Elementary School Teachers’ Association is questioning why the appointed Vancouver School Board Trustee is rolling back on District Advocacy meetings.
President of VESTA Chloe McKnight says the monthly meetings are important to staff.
“There would be representatives from teachers, support workers, D-PAC reps, administrators. And the Superintendent would be there, as well as the board trustees. We would talk about any updates around what specific organizations are doing and sometimes there would be recommendations that would come out of a committee that would go to the board.”
McKnight says meetings have been cancelled right through June 2017, and that there’s a lot that could be missed without them.
“There would be recommendations that would come out of the committee that would go to the board. And so a lot of the letters that we saw written to the board to the minister around seismic funding or funding in general, usually those would come from recommendations of the committee.”
McKnight says the issue will be brought up at the next VSB public meeting.
In a statement to CKNW, VSB says appointed trustee Dianne Turner has asked senior management to review the list of VSB advisory committees, including the advocacy committee, to consolidate them into a smaller number and align them with the new strategic plan.