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The Public Record is interviewing all candidates running in the 2022 Hamilton municipal election. In each race, the candidates are asked the same questions in our podcast interview.

The questions give candidates the opportunity to articulate their platform while asking them to explain how they will make decisions during the four years they hope to sit on either Hamilton’s public or Catholic School Boards.

The questions they will be answering are listed below.

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The School Board Trustee Questions

1. Who is [YOUR NAME]?

2. Why are you running for Trustee?

3. How have you contributed to your school community and education in Hamilton?

4. It can be argued that School Board Trustees merely exist to provide someone for local parents to blame for provincial decisions. The autonomy of local school boards is limited. What do you see as the role of the modern school board trustee?

5. What are your priorities for improving public education in Hamilton?

6. What three skills have you demonstrated that make you the best choice to be entrusted as the [Ward] School Board Trustee?

7. What two policy or practice changes do you wish to achieve in your four-year term on the Board?

8. It’s 2026. The Public Record is writing an assessment of your performance in the past four years. What three words do you hope will describe your term on the Board?

9. As a School Board Trustee, your duty is to ensure the best quality of education for students across the entire school system.

How will you manage a staff recommendation to close a school in your ward that the Board’s professional staff states will enable the Board to provide a better quality of education across the system?

10. How will you inspire public confidence in trustees and the School Board?

11. Thank you, that’s the end of the prepared questions you were sent in advance.

How can people learn more about your platform and connect with you?