Red Deer Public School District

Jason Chilibeck

 

 

 

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Background Jason originally moved to Red Deer several years ago to attend Red Deer College before moving on to complete his Bachelor of Management Degree with a major in Finance at the University of Lethbridge. After completing post-secondary education, Jason moved back to the Northwest Territories to work in the development stage of Canada’s first diamond mine. The experience gained provided Jason with the ability to work around the world to locations such as the United States, Australia and South Africa. Working in a number of different environments and cultures gives Jason an appreciation about others and helps him see a large picture. Jason returned to Red Deer, with his family, seven (7) years ago to be closer to his father-in-law who was in a workplace accident, rendering him a quadriplegic a number of years earlier. The situation was difficult but Jason is glad to have brought his family home to be closer to family. Jason still works with technology and is currently involved in a large eCommerce development that encompasses all areas of the business. The challenge of the project is exciting for Jason and he looks forward to seeing the business benefit from the solutions being built!
Why are you running for Trustee? Groupthink and long tenures. Ultimately, my main reason for running as Trustee is that I believe a number of our existing School Trustees have been around too long! With such long tenures I question how strong the Board is and wonder if it has high functioning work groups whose members are able to challenge one another and engage Administration about critical issues.
What are your priorities for Red Deer Public Schools?

- Highlight educational options available to parents and students
- Emphasis on sports: would like to see if there is an appetite to have a fun competition between schools. I feel such an event(s) would build school spirit and involvement. Depending on how it is put together, it may help build child confidence as well!
- Emphasis on technology & media: I would like to see computers used more fully in schools to even reach into the realms of programming. We have an opportunity to set children up for the future and just knowing how to use a program is not enough. It is great to see some students utilizing media tools to make some great videos too.

Question Week 1 - September 26

How would you ensure that parents are informed and meaningfully engaged in their child's education?

- Ultimately, parents need to take responsibility to be engaged – engagement is not something that can be forced or set upon someone else. However, my vision as a Trustee includes being a conduit with parents to receive questions and issues and help them find answers or solutions.
- As a Trustee, I would like to have a flow diagram created for parents to reference when resolving issues (Issue Resolution Process). In the past week, I heard of a case where a parent made a request and ended up feeling very belittled by school administration. Thankfully, the person followed up on some of the comments made and in the end one has to question where some administration staff think they have authority to say such things to parents. We need to ensure we are working with parents.
- As a Trustee, I would like to see a regular Board update added to the normal school mailouts that are sent electronically to parents. It doesn’t have to be much but something during the year would be great!
- As a Trustee, I would like to see all school communications copied to a general forum so everyone can see what's going on in the RDPSD. The process can be kept very simple.
- As a Trustee, I would also like to hold an open forum with parents to make myself accessible

What changes should be made to the curriculum to best meet the needs of students?

- Not sure if a curriculum change is required but rather to highlight educational options available to parents and students
- Emphasis on sports: would like to see if there is an appetite to have a fun competition between schools. I feel such an event(s) would build school spirit and involvement. Depending on how it is put together, it may help build child confidence as well!
- Emphasis on technology & media: I would like to see computers used more fully in schools to even reach into the realms of programming. We have an opportunity to set children up for the future and just knowing how to use a program is not enough. Great to see some students using media tools to make some great videos. I would like to see more done in the area! Does RDPSD have a media room students and the public can use? Could we make space available Friday evenings and weekends? What a great way to get children involved in an activity!
- Does the RDPSD have a chart comparing the different styles/techniques used at the various schools in Red Deer?

Question Week 2 - October 3

How would you ensure that resources are most effectively and efficiently allocated across the District to meet the diverse needs of all learners?

What a great question!

The easy answer to this question is to flow provincial pupil funds and additional program adjustments on a per pupil basis. However, there is an Administrative component that needs to be considered, to ensure programming is consistent within the District, along with municipal development planning (referring to infrastructure/facilities) and as a result, the easy option is not realistic.

However, are special program funds/supports (additional monies provided by the Provincial Government based on identified needs) flowing in their entirety towards the identified programs/individuals? If not, I would like to find out why and based on the response look into proposing such funds follow the programs/pupils in need so we can ensure they receive their supports, to the fullest extent possible. As the funds in the this area are identified, we should not reduce their amounts or slide portions into unrelated areas or to a general account.

As a reminder, there are limited funds available to the District. It's funny to say that as the budget is $120 million but just like other forms of government, RDPSD needs to ensure core activities are met (and done at an excellent level of competency) before we bring in additional programs or services that will affect overall program delivery. It's great to say let's bring in xyz program but where do those funds come from and how will such a program be supported in a sustainable fashion?

Ultimately, plans have to be made and once made, set priorities to ensure resources are deployed effectively and efficiently.

Very good question - thanks for asking! Please remember to vote Jason Chilibeck on October 16!

What is your position on policies related to sexual orientation and gender identity?

Honestly, I am surprised at the number of sexual orientation and gender identity questions being raised.

Nonetheless, I am very happy to live in a democratic country like Canada where every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability. (Point 15-1 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms)

When it comes to RDPSD Policy #19 - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, the policy seems to follow Alberta Provincial Government legislation and is consistent with the direction of RDPSD to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all. Also, as previously mentioned, people should be able to manage their lives as they see fit without fear of harm or persecution.

As a result, and because it is policy, I will support it and deal with issues as they arise.

If you would like a copy of RDPSD Policy #19, please send an E-mail to info@Jason4RedDeer.com.

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By the way, thank you to the RDPSD Election Committee for putting together a booth at the Farmer's Market Saturday morning. However, it was too bad there were a few incumbents who chose to have their own booths as it did not show a very united/team approach...

 

Question Week 3 - October 10

Are you in favour of one publicly funded education system?

No.

To quote Lord Acton: Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

When I think about education and in particular, my children in the education system, I want to know they are receiving a solid, core education that will allow them to not only function in the here and now with their peers but be well equipped to deal with situations well outside Red Deer borders.

Thus, I believe parents should be involved in the education of their children and based on their experiences, they should have options allowing them the ability to have their children educated in the manner they see fit, all the while meeting core Provincial objectives.

By having options available, and until a full suite of options are provided by society (reminder that funds are limited and as a result, decisions must be made; also, one should question at what level Provincial/local education districts should provide educational options when other sources exist...add in the Internet and now we literally have a whole world of education opportunities at our fingertips) several systems are required to meet the various needs. In addition, coming back to the quote by Lord Acton, I believe it is better for society to have competing systems to help maintain an overall balance. The alternative is that there is one group in authority and eventually another group will want to have authority over the first group and at that point I wonder if we forget the reason for the question - our children and their education!

However, when looking at the various local options being provided, maybe the Red Deer Public School District should look at investigating additional educational options and where it makes sense, incorporate additional activities into their programming.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Hope you had a great day with your children, family and friends. We have so much to be thankful for!

Please remember to vote for Jason Chilibeck on October 16!