Welcome Minister School Trustees look forward to working with you!
At 1:00 PM this afternoon Premier Jim Prentice announced his new cabinet. I would like to offer a warm welcome to Minister Gordon Dirks, our new Minister of Education.
As school trustees our relationship with the Minister of Education is crucial. Countless hours of advocacy work is invested in developing relationships and communicating school board priorities. The Minister is our advocate in cabinet and at Treasury Board for the needs our our students. Whatever we can do to help the Minister make the case for properly resourcing education, the better.
As a former elected school trustee and Board Chair for the Calgary Board of Education he is someone familiar with local education issues in our growing province. Minister Dirks would be well-positioned to assist us.
Other key relationships to develop are the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Infrastructure. We are excited to begin to build relationships with Manmeet Bhullar as Minister of Infrastructure and Robin Campbell as Minister of Finance.
As a system, we need predictable, sustainable funding for public education and have enormous infrastructure challenges we must work together as elected officials to address. Locally-elected school boards will continue to champion the voice of parents and the community in education decision-making.
Thanks to Minister Johnson
I also want to offer a BIG THANKS Minister Jeff Johnson for his service as our minister. He had many difficult challenges to stickhandle and while I didn’t always agree with him, I always found he was willing to engage in dialogue and listen to school trustees — individually, through boards, or through our provincial organization, the Alberta School Boards Association. I’m sure we will continue to work together as he serves in his new role, Minister of Seniors.
Contact or Biographical Information:
Minister of Education Gordon Dirks:
Minister of Infrastructure Manmeet Bhullar
Minister of Finance – Robin Campbell
Minister of Seniors – Jeff Johnson:
Here are the questions the ASBA asked the leadership candidates and their responses: