Former school council chair running for Ward Three
As the former chair of the Meadowbrook School Council for two years, Diane Hunter, had the opportunity to attend Rocky View Schools (RVS) board of trustee meetings where the new assessment process was discussed. She said she feels RVS is not listening to what parents and educators are saying.
“I think they are struggling with it,” Hunter said, adding she is running in order to have her voice and the voice of parents heard at the board level.
The RVS Ward Three candidate moved to Airdrie in 1997 and has a son in the RVS system at the senior high level.
“I truly believe that more parents have to step up. If we want a say in our schools, we have to get involved,” she said. “I think it’s important to be involved in the community because we’re the examples for our children.”
She said the assessment process is just one example where parents need to be heard.
“For me, I’m very concerned that departmental exams are worth 50 per cent of the grade (for Grade 12 students),” she said.
She added there are changes happening with these exams at the provincial level and she thinks that’s a step in the right direction, but as a mother of a high school student, she remains concerned.
Hunter said if voted in, the diploma exams are something she would bring to the board and would push Alberta Education for changes to grade weight for students.
She said another priority of hers is to lobby the provincial government for more funding for infrastructure.
“We need more schools in Airdrie,” she said. “The need goes hand-in-hand with funding and making smaller class sizes.”
She said by receiving more funding from the government, RVS will be able to build more schools, which in turn will result in smaller, more manageable class sizes.
Hunter added she feels lucky to have her son in a school on the west side of Airdrie because the population explosion on the east side is causing new schools to open up at or near capacity.
“I’ve sat on council and I’m a parent with a kid in school so I see the problems,” she said, adding the issues facing RVS affect her directly because they affect her child.
“I hope people just get out and vote,” she added. “It’s important.”