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2014 TVDSB Candidate Survey - Chris Barton

On September 14th, I emailed the London candidates for Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) Trustee.  As outlined in a previous blog post, this was done to provide more exposure to this important position and to give Londoners an opportunity to get more insight into the candidates.

Chris Barton -  Candidate Wards 7,8,9,10,13

Why do you want to be a school board trustee?
I want to be a Trustee because it is impossible to underestimate the importance of public education in our society.  It is a fundamental cornerstone. I certainly feel the commitment.  I believe I have the ability.

What do you consider to be the most important role of a school board trustee?
As a School Board Trustee one of my primary roles will be as a strong and unrelenting advocate for Public Education, both at the local and provincial levels.  The role of public education needs to be made self-evident.

What do you believe to be the most important issue for the TVDSB to address over the next four years?
The largest issue facing the school board in the next four years is declining enrollment combined with a demographic shift.  Enrollment has been in steady decline for a decade and while slowing and levelling off the effects thereof continue to be felt.  This is exacerbated by the municipality's willingness to encourage urban sprawl as a means of increasing their property tax base.  The more dispersed our students are the more difficult it becomes to sustain existing schools.  While school closures have become a reality, we can't become inured to the impact felt by communities.

What skills and experience do you have that qualify you to be a school board trustee?
I have a lifetime of practical experience to be a school board trustee. I have worked in both the public and private sectors and have well developed administrative and soft skills.

I also spent fourteen of the most formative years of my life going through the public school system.  I also have two wonderful children who also are products of our public education system. 

How can voters get in touch with you for more information?
The best way to reach me is by email: