School councils keep the public in public education

School councils keep the public in public education. There are important elections coming this fall - Yukon school council elections take place October 4, 2010. Get out and participate in your school community.

There are important elections coming this fall – Yukon school council elections take place October 4, 2010. Get out and participate in your school community.

Did you know that only four out of 25 school councils fielded enough candidates to have a proper election in 2008?

And only another nine schools had enough come forward to fill the council seats?

This left 12 school councils with not enough people to fill the elected member seats Ð and there are only three to seven of these seats for each of these boards.

We’d like to see this change and here’s why:

School councils play an important role because of their ability to make decisions that have an impact on the direction and quality of public education, both at the school and Yukon levels.

School councils address public education issues that are important to their community.

A locally elected school council plays an instrumental part in what and how the students learn.

School councils can help build, strengthen, and support the social, cultural and academic knowledge base of their community.

Nomination papers are in school offices as of September 13, and nominations close at noon on September 23. 

We encourage you to consider being a candidate, and/or nominate candidates who will work as a member of your school community team. 

And finally, get out and vote for those you know will provide a broad base of community representation, all sharing the focus on what is best for student learning.

For more details on the election, go to www.electionsyukon.gov.yk.ca/school.html or call, Elections Yukon at 667-8683 or toll-free 1 (866) 668-8683.

If you’d like more information about school councils and their roles, contact info@ayscbc.org

Bob Laking

Chair, Association of Yukon School Councils, Boards & Committees