Catholic education vital part of St. Albert: candidate
By: Stu Salkeld
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013 06:00 am
A candidate for the Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools trustee elections says he has a great passion for the important role Catholic education plays.
Dave Caron, first elected to the board in 1992 and a trustee ever since, said Catholic education lights a fire in him.
“I have a passion,” he said Monday. “Our students are our future and I think it’s very, very important work to set the stage for them and give them a good education.
“I do believe we need a very strong Catholic education alternative locally and in the province.”
Caron said a strong Catholic system means choice for parents and students, and two major systems, public and separate, keep each other strong with the bar set high. He said provinces that have only one system, in his opinion, are at a disadvantage.
Looking back at his time as trustee and board chair, Caron said there are a number of things that make him proud.
“Well, I think the ongoing results and levels of satisfaction are gratifying,” he said.
He noted parent endorsement in the school division is quite high, one of the highest in the province.
“I think our public is overall very happy with our work,” he said.
Academically, Caron continued that the Catholic division has excellent results, but there’s no time to sit on laurels.
“Our results are always one of the highest in the province,” he said. “There’s always more work to do.”
Issues in the election tend to be those that every school board faces, he said. The exciting part of being a trustee right now, he said, is the School Act, currently under construction and including input from stakeholders like St. Albert Catholic trustees. He said Catholic trustees have a responsibility to ensure the benefits of Catholic education are included in the School Act.
He said other issues include full funding for special needs students and a better, more efficient transportation system, particularly in the rural areas.
Caron also said a modernization is “badly needed” for St. Albert Catholic High.
Caron said he is dedicated to Catholic education.
“I think I have a passion for the work,” he said. “If the voters are good enough to re-elect me, I’d be honoured to continue to work for the next four years.”