Former teacher seeks re-election to public board
Merrin Nuc says board position a natural extension of her teaching career
By: Stu Salkeld
| Posted: Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 06:00 am
A retired teacher says she not only has the skills and experience to be a good St. Albert Public Schools trustee, but she’s also very excited to be one.
Merrin Nuc is a lifelong St. Albert resident who was part of the first Paul Kane High School graduation class. She also taught in St. Albert for 35 years.
Nuc is campaigning to be re-elected to the public district’s board of trustees.
Elected in the 2011 byelection, Nuc said she found out quickly that being a school board trustee is a big commitment and a lot of serious work.
“I didn’t realize that,” she said.
Why become a school board trustee in the first place?
“I’m a teacher,” she said. “I’ve taught in St. Albert for over 35 years. It was sort of a continuation of my life really.”
Nuc said knowing schools and students lends itself well to being a trustee.
The life of a trustee is a lot of work and revolves around co-operation, said Nuc.
“You work as a unit,” she said. “You’re a board. You have to support the policies you’ve voted on, even if you didn’t support them. You’re working as one body.”
Nuc said much of a trustee’s time is spent on reviewing and developing policies for implementation by the administration.
“I really like it,” she said. “It is a lot of reading, researching and work but in the end everything is about the students.”
She said responsible polices have positive impacts on schools and the students in them.
Looking at issues, adequate facilities is a concern, as Nuc noted St. Albert Public could be looking at one or two new schools due to rapid growth.
New schools in themselves are an issue, noted the incumbent. She said the district needs to work with the city to find new, suitable locations for future schools.
Lastly, funding always hangs over trustees as, for example, when provincial AISI funding was cut with no warning, students who needed those programs were affected. “
It really is the most vulnerable kids,” said Nuc.
Nuc said those who give her a vote get a solid trustee.
“I’ve been a very hard-working trustee,” she said. “I go beyond what’s expected of me. My whole thing is, the students come first. Otherwise, why are we there?”