Family, Education, and Community Connection.
• I will initiate dialogue with the Province to return funding to education. The provincial budget cuts have left the district with fewer resources and job cuts to EPSB staff. Essentially, we are “doing less, with less”. The province needs to revisit their investment in education and fiscally support its teaching staff and facilities.
•I will press forward harnessing our current momentum to build new schools in Southwest Edmonton. Our efforts to build new schools where families actually live will be a large part of my efforts as your Trustee in Ward H.
• I will focus on working with Board colleagues and EPSB administration to develop a learning strategy to increase the high school completion rate. Through focusing on the positive achievements in early learning programs, benefits and rewards in the education system should be realized to the completion of grade 12.
Mike Lanteigne for Public School Trustee Ward H
“CUPE Local 474 Supports Mike Lanteigne for EPSB Trustee Ward H”
“I have known Mike for two years and I am very impressed with Mike’s passion and commitment to public service for the education of our youth. As a parent Mike has been an active participant and brings knowledge and dedication to the opportunity to serve our public system. He is anxious to learn and has the ability to apply good judgement to the role as Trustee.”
“Mike Lanteigne, has been a very effective and involved chair of the Esther Starkman Parent Council. He is committed to providing the best educational experience for the students of Edmonton and Ward H.”
|“The children are not there for the schools; the schools need to be there for the children.” New schools need to be built where people/families actually live and older under-attended schools need to be well-planned as hubs of the community (daycare, library, health centre, contributing businesses to the community, etc.). I believe we need a system that will release and foster the greatest potential of its students. Our goal is to provide solutions to become the best district in our province with the focus on young people as the ultimate beneficiary of our governance as a trustee.|
|As a life-long Edmontonian I believe in transparency and collaboration in educational governance. We must have an open door policy in order to talk with people about the real issues in the community. No one should be worried about an education; our children’s future shouldn’t be underfunded. I’m interested in YOUR interests and will work with emotional intelligence and rational thought to achieve positive results in improving the health of our educational system.|
|Many more new schools will need to be built in our district to address our population growth. We should have vibrant schools in our communities to accommodate our children. Concerns should be removed over older, crumbling, under-attended schools, and replaced with newer, modern buildings to support children in older neighbourhoods. Students should be able to attend their community school, and in order to do so the district’s 246 million dollar infrastructure deficit needs to be addressed. We must do what makes the most sense to the community, and to the district. We need to be fiscally responsible in managing a $940 million dollar education district budget.|
Opening Remarks and Answers to 4 Key Questions
Mike Lanteigne for Edmonton Public School Trustee Ward H
Helping evacuated families from the Rutherford condo fire
We helped families evacuated from their homes early Sunday morning on September 29th as a result of the Rutherford condo fire. With the Red Cross, we opened Johnny Bright School as a safe place for 50 families displaced by the fire. Thank you to Tim Horton’s on Ellersile and 111 St. for the donation of coffee!
Trustees elected later this month to three Edmonton school boards face tough choices as they stretch limited money to handle record student enrolment, repairs to aging buildings and demand for new schools.
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Published October 14, 2013
Lanteigne running for public school trustee in southwest Edmonton
Published on September 15, 2013
Esther Starkman in Edmonton still crowded despite Grade 8 and 9 students being moved
Published September 11, 2013
Edmonton students face enrolment and space issues
Published on September 3, 2013