Q&A – School Board – Rob Inman

A) What community involvement have you had?

– West Van District # 45 Parent Advisory Council (DPAC) –  8 years,  served on Executive Committee as vice-chair and co-chair, 3 years finance committee
Westcot Elementary School – 8 years – Served as a member of PAC
Sentinel – – 5 years member of PAC, serving each year as 1st vice president or co-president, also 15 years as head coach of Soccer program and Badminton Coordinator
West Van SPCA -Life Member -Director and President
West Van Parks and Recreation Commission –  6 years, Member and Commission Chair
3rd West Vancouver Scouts – 6 years, Head Beaver and Cub Leader
West Van Little League and West Van Softball Club 7 years head coach
West Van Soccer Club – -12 years boys Divisional Co-ordinator and head coach

B) How many school board meetings have you attended in the past 3 years?

4 meetings.

What are the challenges facing the school district?  

We need to continue to develop innovative and personalized educational programs and meet the needs of the 21st Century learner. We need to find ways to continue to improve the existing district facilities as well.

How would you address them? We need to support our teachers and administrators to develop these programs. We need to continue to lobby government to increase the per student funding allocation for West Vancouver. We also need to develop greater community relationships and private/public partnerships in developing our facilities, such as turf fields, and multi-use facilities that can be used year round.

What makes an effective school board?
An effective school board is one that works collaboratively together as a team including, staff, students, parents and administrators in the process and decision making.

What action might be taken to compensate for financial losses caused by reduced enrollment of international students?

Currently West Vancouver is seeing the highest enrollment of international students in its history, however in the event of global recession, we need to realize that this is a fragile situation, and we need to continue to offer such innovative programs, that students from all over the Lower mainland will want to attend our schools.

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