COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Time for public school board to get creative

Opinion Sep 17, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Sarah Warry-Poljanski

I considered running for trustee because of  the declining amount of learning being done in our schools. Then after experiencing the ARC process  I knew I had to stand up and bring strong representation for our community.

The devastating blow the ARC processes gave us with losing Hill Park and soon three other schools  hurts and I think it’s time to start looking for creative solutions and implementing preventative measures to detour this from happening again and perhaps even reverse some of the decisions that have already been made.

I suggest we  consider engaging with agencies within our city to seek community partnerships and services to implement into our schools and utilize them as community hubs.  Doing so will not only offset costs associated with under-utilization, but also allow students and members of the community to access services close to home. This will allow us to have programs available to students after school  in  a safe setting where they can keep physically and mentally active while detouring them from getting into trouble.

By  strengthening  city and board relations, councillors can share input into decisions that will affect residents in their communities. It may also help find resources and financial aid for our schools. Stronger ties will also help eliminate the need for costs associated with data collection and other  administrative costs by obtaining information directly from the city staff.

My  plan is to hold  meetings with our councillor and community members frequently in order to collaborate together and obtain information and recommendations to  bring  forward to the board and province. With increased parental and community involvement  we can make sure our students are being provided the tools and resources they need to better their lives and futures.

The school closures bring more time away from family, more students sitting at their desks for lunch and less community  involvement and participation when schools are not easily accessible or far from home.

Parental involvement and contribution to school life is shown to have many benefits. By encouraging learning at home and teaching skills that can be used both in the home and  classroom, we can expect to see student achievement grow. By encouraging more parental interactions with teachers and school staff about curriculum and student needs, parents will feel more comfortable and positive about being involved with their child’s education.

It’s time to put the public back into public education.

Because of the recent closure decisions in Ward 7, public school board trustee candidates for the ward were offered the opportunity to write in the Community Columnist space. The final column will appear next week.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Time for public school board to get creative

Opinion Sep 17, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Sarah Warry-Poljanski

I considered running for trustee because of  the declining amount of learning being done in our schools. Then after experiencing the ARC process  I knew I had to stand up and bring strong representation for our community.

The devastating blow the ARC processes gave us with losing Hill Park and soon three other schools  hurts and I think it’s time to start looking for creative solutions and implementing preventative measures to detour this from happening again and perhaps even reverse some of the decisions that have already been made.

I suggest we  consider engaging with agencies within our city to seek community partnerships and services to implement into our schools and utilize them as community hubs.  Doing so will not only offset costs associated with under-utilization, but also allow students and members of the community to access services close to home. This will allow us to have programs available to students after school  in  a safe setting where they can keep physically and mentally active while detouring them from getting into trouble.

By  strengthening  city and board relations, councillors can share input into decisions that will affect residents in their communities. It may also help find resources and financial aid for our schools. Stronger ties will also help eliminate the need for costs associated with data collection and other  administrative costs by obtaining information directly from the city staff.

My  plan is to hold  meetings with our councillor and community members frequently in order to collaborate together and obtain information and recommendations to  bring  forward to the board and province. With increased parental and community involvement  we can make sure our students are being provided the tools and resources they need to better their lives and futures.

The school closures bring more time away from family, more students sitting at their desks for lunch and less community  involvement and participation when schools are not easily accessible or far from home.

Parental involvement and contribution to school life is shown to have many benefits. By encouraging learning at home and teaching skills that can be used both in the home and  classroom, we can expect to see student achievement grow. By encouraging more parental interactions with teachers and school staff about curriculum and student needs, parents will feel more comfortable and positive about being involved with their child’s education.

It’s time to put the public back into public education.

Because of the recent closure decisions in Ward 7, public school board trustee candidates for the ward were offered the opportunity to write in the Community Columnist space. The final column will appear next week.

COMMUNITY COLUMNIST: Time for public school board to get creative

Opinion Sep 17, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Sarah Warry-Poljanski

I considered running for trustee because of  the declining amount of learning being done in our schools. Then after experiencing the ARC process  I knew I had to stand up and bring strong representation for our community.

The devastating blow the ARC processes gave us with losing Hill Park and soon three other schools  hurts and I think it’s time to start looking for creative solutions and implementing preventative measures to detour this from happening again and perhaps even reverse some of the decisions that have already been made.

I suggest we  consider engaging with agencies within our city to seek community partnerships and services to implement into our schools and utilize them as community hubs.  Doing so will not only offset costs associated with under-utilization, but also allow students and members of the community to access services close to home. This will allow us to have programs available to students after school  in  a safe setting where they can keep physically and mentally active while detouring them from getting into trouble.

By  strengthening  city and board relations, councillors can share input into decisions that will affect residents in their communities. It may also help find resources and financial aid for our schools. Stronger ties will also help eliminate the need for costs associated with data collection and other  administrative costs by obtaining information directly from the city staff.

My  plan is to hold  meetings with our councillor and community members frequently in order to collaborate together and obtain information and recommendations to  bring  forward to the board and province. With increased parental and community involvement  we can make sure our students are being provided the tools and resources they need to better their lives and futures.

The school closures bring more time away from family, more students sitting at their desks for lunch and less community  involvement and participation when schools are not easily accessible or far from home.

Parental involvement and contribution to school life is shown to have many benefits. By encouraging learning at home and teaching skills that can be used both in the home and  classroom, we can expect to see student achievement grow. By encouraging more parental interactions with teachers and school staff about curriculum and student needs, parents will feel more comfortable and positive about being involved with their child’s education.

It’s time to put the public back into public education.

Because of the recent closure decisions in Ward 7, public school board trustee candidates for the ward were offered the opportunity to write in the Community Columnist space. The final column will appear next week.