By popular demand, I decided to do a candidate survey for those running to represent Guelph's two school boards, the Upper Grand District School Board and the Wellington Catholic District School Board. The trustee races are kind of the redheaded stepchildren of the municipal election race, and they don't get even a fraction as much attention as the council and mayoral races. That's kind of unfair, and having talked to numerous trustee candidates in person and through social media about closing the coverage gap, I decided to take a second look. I wasn't sure if I'd have the time, but sometimes it's worth making the time, so now I present the Guelph Politico Trustee Candidate Questionnaire.
One of the things I found persuasive in deciding to do this was this website. It was put together by the Ministry of Education and an association of Ontario school boards. If you're unsure about where to begin with trustee elections, this is a good resource it terms of laying out expectations, duties and responsibilities of those elected to your local school board. And for anyone of the opinion that they have no kids in school and thus have no "skin in the game" as it were (and I was among those), it lays out why you should care too. In an election fraught with discussion both courteous and negative about the disposition of tax money, it's interesting that many of us would overlook where a great deal of our tax money goes: the education of our youth.
Click the links below to see the surveys from the candidates who participated.