Rawlson King, candidate for Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Trustee in Zone 12, Innes/Beacon Hill–Cyrville, said that he is opposed to appointing a new OCDSB Director of Education before October 22, the date of the Ottawa municipal election.
"In order to build stronger communities through our schools, I believe we need to build better lines of direct communication with communities, parents, youth and the school administration," said King. "Appointing a new Director before the municipal election is undemocratic and nonconstructive because its does not allow for a new, duly elected Board to set a new agenda and mandate, with public consultation, that would guide the selection of a new Director of Education."
Previous issues, such as school closures, have demonstrated that communication among the school board, staff and neighbourhoods need to be more frequent, and require more community input. Meaningful public consultation and deliberation among the next set of Trustees, along with the general public, must be a precondition before a new Director of Education is selected.