School District seeking input on education priorities

District trustees plan to take information and present it to the two MLA candidates to get their feedback prior to the May 14 election.

School District 5 is looking for input from the public on what its education priorities should be in the future. District trustees plan to take that information and present it to the two provincial MLA candidates to get their feedback prior to the May 14 general election.

The survey follows on the heels of a public consultation that helped define the survey and the educational platform that the district plans to present to the candidates.

The Education Priority Survey is available only until Monday, May 6 on SD5’s website.

Board chair Frank Lento explained that there are four pillars to the education plan: Funding, buildings, programs and technology.

The short survey asks respondents to indicate what they think funding priorities should be, as well as thoughts on other issues like whether the Ministry of Education should fully fund the provincial government’s mandated programs, and if inflation should be addressed with regard to education funding.

“We’re going to get some feedback from parents and from their responses I think we’ll formulate some questions for the candidates,” he said, adding that the survey seeks to get a sense of the feelings from parents and the public on the importance of the facets of the four pillars.

The Education Priority Survey is available online  for input until May 6 at www.sd5.bc.ca.