ON Saturday, August 30, Surrey School District Trustee Charlene Dobie is hosting a Public Education Open House at the Community Hub. She will be joined by Kirsty Peterson and Niovi Patsicakis, both School Trustee candidates in the upcoming municipal election.
With the start of school looming and still no settlement between BCPSEA and the BCTF, public education is on the top of people’s mind. Saturday’s Public Education Open House is an opportunity for parents, students, staff and anyone interested in public education to come and share their comments, questions or concerns about public education in Surrey.
“I am hoping it will be a Back to School celebration but either way the conversation needs to happen,” Dobie said, “I will be very happy if there is a negotiated settlement between the BCTF and BCPSEA, or a mediated settlement facilitated by Vince Ready in the next week. I have answered many emails over the summer from teachers and parents and I am hoping those people will be able to attend on Saturday.
“Public education is the backbone of any community and the students are the future of this province. We can’t continue to erode public education. the resources and services need to be there for all students so they can reach their full potential and become contributing members of our society. I am getting concerned for our vulnerable students, I wonder every day how they will cope with further disruption.”
Dobie, Peterson and Patsicakis are looking forward to meeting the public on Saturday and encourage everyone to come out.
“There are many issues to talk about in Surrey when it comes to public education, the overcrowding in our school district due to our ever growing city and the ongoing under funding of public education,” Dobie said. “Of course I am open to talk about any topic that is brought forward, I won’t have all the answers but should to be able to find them in a timely fashion.”
The Public Education Open House runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Community Hub at #103-15385 Highway 10. Dobie, Peterson and Patsicakis would like to thank Councillor Rasode and Tara Foslien for the use of the Community Hub for the event.
For more information contact Charlene Dobie at firstname.lastname@example.org or cell