Father of three running for Rocky View Schools board of trustees
As a father of three children just entering the school system, Anthony Powell said he has a sense of urgency with respect to embracing and solving the challenges Rocky View Schools (RVS) faces.
“I am running as a candidate for school trustee because I believe it is the best way I can give back to a community I care so much about,” Powell said in an email to Airdrie City View.
“The fabric of this community, and the school community specifically, is based on people giving back and volunteering their time the best way they can.”
The professional engineer and project manager said he works on large projects in the Utility industry that have large budgets similar to the $180 million budget of RVS.
He said that focus has resulted in attention being placed on survival and not necessarily on operational efficiency.
“As a result, I believe there is an opportunity to take a step back and evaluate our current choices and find ways to be more efficient with how we spend our money.”
Powell said part of evaluating how RVS spends money is providing creative answers to infrastructure problems including increasing volunteer efforts to create cost savings.
“I’m part of the Superintendent’s Working Committee on Community Engagement that developed the netWORK initiative; a program designed to connect people willing to volunteer with schools looking for volunteers.”
He said this is a great first step but believes RVS can do better.
“Many professional organizations expect ongoing commitments from professional development from its members; volunteering is one way professionals can fulfill their development obligations and retain their accreditation,” he said.
“Extending the netWORK initiative to further seek out and engage companies and professional can offer an opportunity to drive down costs and free up money for infrastructure.”
This frame of mind can be extended to another priority of Powell’s – pursuing community involvement.
“The old saying, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ is especially true.
“We are all interconnected; the employees of our businesses are our students and our parents, retirees are formers students and parents of former students, and our students will be our future employees,” he said.
He said RVS has done a good job focusing on involving community and seeking input but added there are still some barriers that need to be removed.
“We need to be more creative in gathering input from the community. Can we hold meetings at times and in places that are accessible to parents with children, to retirees with mobility issues, and to interested students and other members of the working community?” Powell asked.
“I am actively looking to engage people in the community, and welcome their communications through any medium,” he said.
Powell said he has a Facebook account and wordpress site and can be reached via email at