Our future is our children. For the betterment of our children’s education and parents, on November 19, Vancouver voters need to vote for change and vote for Sandy Sharma, a proud member of the NPA Common Sense Team.
Vancouver requires new NPA Vancouver school board trustees with a common sense approach to provide the stewardship needed for an efficient and effective running of the VSB.
It is time for change. Children should not be used as “pawns” in the school system. Children need to receive a quality education. Parents need a passionate voice advocating for their children.
We need to educate the next generation to compete in our complex global economy with skills that will enhance the image of Vancouver.
For the past three years, I have provided strong leadership and parent representation by advocating for transparency and accountability in the public school system.
Therefore, I support the addition of new schools in underserved areas, new technology in classrooms, personalized learning for students, increased resources for all students including ESL and special needs students, additional teacher-librarians, and multilingual learning.
As a professional and a businesswoman, the lack of transparency and accountability at the VSB is troubling. VSB has a half a billion dollar ($500,000,000) budget, yet the current Vision-COPE board of trustees does not want an independent audit committee.
The VSB, in the recent KPMG audited financial statement for the fiscal period ended June 30, posted a surplus of about $9.8 million and the net increase in cash was $28.5 million.
Based on the VSB financial statements, indications are that there is sufficient funding to provide our children with the quality education that they deserve.
The current majority Vision-COPE trustees passed a motion on October 3, seeking more resources from the provincial government but Vision-COPE trustees have been silent about the surplus of $9.8 million.
Since 2006, I have had extensive involvement with my school PAC executive as vice chairperson, cochairperson, and Vancouver District Parent Advisory Council representative. From 2008, I was an executive with the District Parent Advisory Council and a vice chairperson from September 2010 until July 2011.
I have represented DPAC on various Vancouver school board committees including the Mandarin Bilingual Committee, Committee V—Finance and Legal, Committee II—Planning and Facilities, Learning Services Consultative and Assessment for Learning Committee. Children, parents, and taxpayers of Vancouver deserve better. Do not waste another three years.
On November 19, vote for the NPA Common Sense Team that stands for transparency and accountability.
Vote for Sandy Sharma as your NPA school board trustee.
Sandy Sharma is a Non-Partisan Association candidate for the Vancouver school board.