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Better communication will help solve Near North Board problems: Steer

'I propose to create an ‘Education Matters’ e-zine'

Near North District School Board trustee candidate Bill Steer thinks better communication will go a long way in solving problems.

Steer points to recent media stories related to the controversial NNDSB decision to delay the dates for closing Widdifield Secondary School, comments made by trustee candidates and an ombudsman investigation.

“The NNDSB has a Multi-Year Plan and one of the priorities cited is ‘Excellence in Communication.'The NNDSB is committed to promoting public confidence and community support in public education. Effective communication provides opportunities to share information and ideas that build stronger relationships while promoting accountability throughout the school board. We need to continue to do more  sharing with our various community stakeholders.”

The school board has identified the board's communication and multiple year plan as priorities for moving forward.

“We have a strategic plan to guide us and the new Board of trustees will realize a great deal of time and effort has been invested by the current Board and senior staff into this document,” he said. ‘Trustees play a key leadership role in public education and ensure their local school boards are accountable to parents, guardians, teachers and their local communities for student success and well-being, while also ensuring financial stewardship. Ongoing, transparent and regular communication is essential. The existing plan and ongoing revisions are key in moving forward.

"I propose to create an ‘Education Matters’ e-zine that will be forwarded to all those involved in the betterment of our NNDSB students and staff. An ad hoc communication committee could be established.”