Trustee looks to finish projects
INCUMBENT Terrace trustee, Art Erasmus, is seeking re-election for the Coast Mountains school board because he wants to finish projects already started.
Erasmus has served on the board for six years and is the current vice-chair.
He wants to finish the job of hiring a new superintendent and a secretary treasurer.
Erasmus also wants to continue to work towards the board’s mission statement, which is to become a high-functioning rural school district, while building respect for all people and students involved.
He would also like to stay on to see out the new middle-school concept set to hit Skeena Junior Secondary this September as it changes from a Grade 8-10 to a Grade 7 – 9 school.
As the board’s representative for the B.C. Public Schools Employers’ Association, Erasmus is involved in the bargaining currently going on in the province with teachers.
He is also involved in local bargaining with teachers and the Canadian Union of Public Employees.
He said he had found his time on the school board interesting.
“I found it pretty productive,” he said, adding they have had to make some difficult decisions – like closing half-empty schools to preserve student services. Erasmus was nominated by Tom Nagy and Myrna Petho.