Tony Cable doesn’t have a single focus in his run for school trustee.
“I’m not running on one issue,” says Cable, vying for a seat on the School District 57 board in the Nov. 15 election. “I’m interested in rural education, in technology.
“I want to take a balanced approach to being a trustee.”
Cable worked as a teacher and principal in the district for 35 years before retiring about six years ago.
“I felt being retired, I would have the time to devote to being a trustee. I think my 35 years of education background have given me the attributes ti make a good trustee.”
He sees the next few years as a chance for the board to make headway on a number of issues.
“With relative labour peace now, it’s a great opportunity to do other things at the board level.”
He says there is so much new technology available, and the district has to take advantage of opportunities presented by this technology.
However, he cautions, they shouldn’t allow the technology to overtake the need for classrooms.
“Parents in Giscome or Dunster want their children to have as equal an opportunity as possible, but I don’t think it would be fair to use distance education to provide that.
“They want to have the schools in their communities, which can be tough with the limited resources the board has available.”
Cable would like to see the board make sure one key element is present in all its work with the budget and resources.
“We have to support the work being done in the classrooms. I spent some time as a practicum supervisor at different schools, and it’s hard to believe sometimes how many diverse students you have. It can be quite daunting for a teacher to handle students with different needs.
“I want to try and have a process where we can identify the students who need help earlier, and then provide the resources they need to be the best they can be.”
He also needs a need for the district to continue partnering with CNC and UNBC.
“We have to make sure one program doesn’t overweigh another. We need to continue to have the honours program, but we also need to make sure we are preparing students for jobs as pipefitters or welders.
“We need to strike a delicate balance so one of those career paths isn’t seen as ‘better’ than the others.”