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2014 TVDSB Candidate Survey - Eric Southern

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.

Eric Southern - Candidate Wards 2,3,4,5,6
Thank you for your interest in the election of TVDSB Trustees.

Here are my responses to the questions:

Why do you want to be a school board trustee?
I want to be trustee because i feel that I can contribute to the betterment of our society by having an impact on the direction of our schools and the future of our students.  I feel that there are many areas for improvement where our board is concerned and that I can help.

What do you consider to be the most important role of a school board trustee?
The stewardship of our students and the future of our society which is completely dependent on the education of our children.

What do you believe to be the most important issue for the TVDSB to address over the next four years?
I feel that the board should focus on encouraging our students in the STEM fields.  We also need to address any potential administrative bloat and look at shared services with the 3 other boards in the region and with other boards in the province as a whole which could help reduce administrative overhead and allow for more money to be spent directly on students with the goal of reducing class sizes.

What skills and experience do you have that qualify you to be a school board trustee?
My experience on the LTC as both a commissioner and the chair of the commission has given me direct experience of how an board runs with very minimal administrative costs.  My time on the commission has also given me an understanding of how boards and commissions work and how to properly bring my ideas to fruition.  I also have a strong background in Engineering (have just started working on my PhD) which gives me a great background in problem solving and system analysis.  All of which will give our community a great trustee to serve them for the next 4 years.

How can voters get in touch with you for more information?
I prefer to respond to email:
I am also working on my website (it is currently incomplete):