Courtenay School District 71 Trustee Donna Gambacorta: Q&A

School District 71: Gambacorta, Donna - Trustee Candidate

  • Nov. 3, 2014 6:00 a.m.

In your opinion what is the most critical issue facing the school board at this time and how do you plan on addressing it?




One of the most critical issues facing the district today is equality from school to school and student to student. We need to expand our programs such as the Valley View Elementary/Berwick program. I would like to see this brought to some of our other elementary schools and have them partner up with Glacier View Lodge, Casa Loma and Abbeyfield House.

Also with PACs fundraising and bringing so much to our schools, I would like to see this shared equitably. Some schools have an affluent neighbourhood to do their fundraising in, and that just doesn’t seem fair to the children of less affluent neighbourhoods. One possibility is to have a fundraiser link on our district website so that each school can reach the whole community.

Another way to bring equality to our district is to ensure that there is a cohesive working condition between parents, teachers and other support staff, administration, different ministries and the board. I feel that to make sure every child in our district is being given every tool possible to have the best educational experience, we need better communication between all partner groups involved.

I believe we have an amazing district that is being recognized nationally for some of our innovative projects and I would like to keep going forward, helping to create critical-thinking, global citizens who are prepared for the future.








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