Thursfield running for spot on RVS board

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Pam Thursfied has announced she’ll seek one of three spots on the Rocky View Schools (RVS) Board of Trustees for Airdrie.

“I want to be able to participate in meetings as I attended all of them in the last couple of years and I want to influence some of the decisions,” Thursfield said. “I was also encouraged by a lot of other people within Rocky View as well as parents.

“I believe I’m a good candidate because I have the basic knowledge of what’s already going on in the system from attending the meetings and talking with the trustees on a regular basis. I truly care and want to listen and help out as much as possible. I feel this is where I need to be.”

Thursfield moved to Airdrie in 2011 and since then has been very involved in her childrens’ schools. She began volunteering at A.E. Bowers School when her child entered the school. Eventually, she took on the role of volunteer co-ordinator, a position she held for three years. She also regularly attends school council meetings.

“I have been actively participating in the school and with parents for all of those six years,” she said. “I was the volunteer co-ordinator for a school my child had left because there was a need for it. I stepped up and did that last year.”

Thursfield said she feels school zone safety and transportation are two big issues facing RVS.

“It seems like the City (of Airdrie) is asking RVS to do something (about school zone safety) while the district is looking to the city to help out,” she said. “I want to better facilitate that and just get it done.”

With a background in accounting and administration, Thursfield said she felt she was well qualified to help the division deal with some of its transportation concerns. RVS is currently unable to entirely fund busing through fees from parents or funding from the province.

“I’d like to bring a few new ideas, make a couple of suggestions, see if (RVS) has approached different avenues and try and help with talking with the province as well,” she said. “I think we can make it more efficient while not raising costs and keeping the same service.”

Thursfield can be reached at pamfortrustee@gmail.com

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