INCUMBENT Gary Turner is seeking reelection for the sole Thornhill seat on the Coast Mountains school board.
He wants to run again to finish up some of the projects the board is currently in the midst of completing, namely the transition of Skeena Junior Secondary to a middle school, and the search for the new superintendent and secretary treasurer.
“I want the students of Thornhill to feel comfortable about going to Skeena,” Turner said, explaining their comfort at the school will lead to student success.
As of next year, Thornhill Junior Secondary School is closing with its Grades 8 and 9 students headed for Skeena and Grade 10 students going to Caledonia Senior Secondary.
In addition, all Grade 7 students from Terrace and Thornhill will be going to Skeena.
“I’m hoping that with the new board and that, we can come out of this much improved,” Turner said of the education shift.
Turner has been a trustee for Thornhill for 12 years, not all of them for consecutive terms. He said he got involved in education through his wife, who is a teacher and most recently a librarian at Thornhill Junior Secondary.
Turner said one thing he enjoys about being a trustee is going into the schools and meet the teachers, students and parents.
He was nominated by Ed and Paul Harrison.